Four suspects arraigned over Cynthia’s death

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BY ABDULWAHAB ABDULAH, BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE & ONOZURE DANIA
LAGOS — Four suspected killers of the only daughter of General Frank Osokogu (rtd), Cynthia Osokogu were arraigned yesterday at a Yaba Magistrate Court in Lagos on an eight-count charge of felony, conspiracy, murder, robbery and rape.

The four accused persons, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo (33), Ejike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka (23), Orji Osita (32) and Maduakor Chukwunonso (25), who were brought from the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, yesterday morning in hand and leg chains were verbally assaulted by the crowd that came to witness their arraignment.

Before the court sitting, there was a mild drama as newsmen scrambled to get shots of the suspects, particularly the first and second, who had been avoiding the camera.

For more than 30 minutes, the accused struggled to dodge the cameramen as members of the public  hurled abuses on them.

“You are ashamed, abi. Why should you be ashamed when you are terrible human beings who deserve to die?” one woman shouted as the two suspects kept their hands tightly on their faces.

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Some even denounced them as “faces of shame”, who have committed crime against God as the drama continued before the magistrate’s arrival.

Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo (right) and Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka, suspected murderers of Late Miss Cynthia Osokogu Udoka covering their faces at the Yaba Magistrate Court, Lagos yesterday. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.

The eight-count charge of conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, rape, “unlawful administration of obnoxious substance” and “forceful administration of obnoxious substance” with a view to causing bodily harm were read to them.

However, their plea was not taken. The Magistrate only asked if they understood the charge after it was read to them, to which they answered ‘yes’.

The suspects were eventually ordered to be remanded in Ikoyi prison by Magistrate O. S. Aka-Bashorun pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP’s

Eight-count charge

The eight-count charge against them read:  Count 1.That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’ Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, between the hours of 21.00 of 21/7/2012 – 12.00 hrs of 22/7/2012, at room No C1, Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Festac Town, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: murder and thereby committed an offence, punishable under Section 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Count II: That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita, ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Cynthia Osokogu Udoka ‘f’ aged 25 years by administering her with obnoxious substance known as “Rohypnol Flunitrazepan tablets” via a Ribena fruit juice drink, binding her hands with chain, padlock and cellotaped her legs, neck and mouth with cellotape, giving her first blows all over her body, giving her several human bites, tortured and strangled her to death and thereby committed an offence, punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Count III: That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: armed robbery and thereby committed an offence, punishable under Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Count IV: That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial District, whilst armed with obnoxious substance and other offensive weapons did rob Cynthia Osokogu Udoka ‘f’ (deceased) of her valuable property to wit: (a) 1(one) Blackberry handset, bold 5 model, (b) International passport wit No. A01249397 dated 3/7/2009, ( c) National licence with No. GRE0002AA dated 15/3/2010, (d) pair of shoes (e) hand bag, (f) Artificial sex toy vibrator, (g) jewelry pack containing three wrist watches, four rings, three pairs of earrings, one pendant, one necklace, hand chain (bangle) and a single earring, value of property robbed are yet to be ascertained and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 295(1) (2) (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Count V: That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Rape and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Count VI: That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial District, did unlawfully have sexual intercourse  with one Cynthia Osokogu Udoka ‘f’ (deceased) without her consent and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 258(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Count VII: That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial District,  with intent to facilitate the commission of felony did unlawfully administer an obnoxious substance known as “Rohypnol Flunitrazepan tablets” purchased at Oxpharm Pharmacy, at 32 Road, Festac Town, Lagos on Cynthia Osokugu Udoka ‘f’ (deceased) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 237 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Count VIII: That you, Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo ‘m’, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka ‘m’, Orji Osita ‘m’, Maduakor Chukwunonso ‘m’ and others at large, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial District, with intent to harm did unlawfully cause an obnoxious substance known as “Rohypnol Flunitrazepan tablets” to be administered on Cynthia Osokogu Udoka ‘f’ (deceased) against her consent and caused her grievous harm and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 241 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Meanwhile, late Cynthia’s family has announced that she will be buried on Sept. 7 at Bebe, Ovia Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta.

Mrs Joy Osokogu, who announced the date to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Jos on yesterday advised youths to be very cautious of making friends with people that they did not know.

“The youths should be very careful, especially when they are making friends in the social media. Like we have seen in the case of my daughter, such friends may have ulterior motives.

Osokogu described her deceased daughter as “very industrious, hard working and a respectful child.

“She was my daughter, my friend and my sister. Her memory will never be forgotten because she touched so many lives positively in her short stay on earth,” she said.

Osokogu said Cynthia’s killers had demanded N20 million ransom from the family.

“The killers of my daughter demanded a ransom of N20 million from my son, Flt- Lt. Kenneth Osokogu,” she said.

Osokogu said the killers sent her son, who is in Makurdi, a text message demanding that he paid N20million into an account which did not exist.

“The killers were not picking our calls; they only communicated to us via text messages.

“When my son got their SMS, he later replied them that the account number was fake and didn’t exist.

“He sent another message in which he said if it was a case of kidnapping, he would like to speak with his sister before making any payment but the killers did not respond,” Osokogu said.

She said, however, that when she spoke with the suspected killers, they did not ask her for any money.

Osokogu said she spoke last with Cynthia on July 22, when she called to say that she was travelling to Lagos to get her goods.

“But the next day, I didn’t hear from her. When I tried to reach her, all her phones were switched off.

“After one week, the phones started ringing but no one was picking.

“Few days later, people I believe to be the killers, called and said my daughter was in one Symbol Hospital in Lagos.

“I called the police I had earlier reported the case to, to go and verify if she was in the hospital, they said there was no hospital like that.

“After a while, I called the number and told them I wanted to speak with her but they said it was not possible.

“When I asked why, they said she would come back but that I wouldn’t speak with her.

“When I called the number again, they said they had killed her and that was when we declared Cynthia missing,” Osokogu said.

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