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Justice at Last: Cynthia Osokogu’s Murderers found guilty

Nearly five years after Cynthia’s murder, two men charged with her murder in 2012 have been sentenced to death by hanging at a Lagos High court yesterday.

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Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere found Ezekiel Eloka and Okwuoma Echezona Nwabufo guilty of Cynthia’s murder and both men sentenced to death. They were also found guilty of conspiracy, rape and stealing.

The duo had allegedly lured Cynthia from Nasarawa, where she was undergoing her postgraduate program, to Lagos where they drugged, robbed and killed her at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Festac Town on July 22, 2012.

Cynthia’s corpse was discovered in a Lagos morgue a month after she was declared missing by her family. She was the daughter of retired Major-General Frank Osogoku.

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Major-General Frank Osogoku (rtd), Father of Cythia

She was a postgraduate student at the Nasarawa State University and an entrepreneur, who owned a boutique at her base before her death. She was also reported to have come down to Lagos to purchase new stock for her boutique of which these two men posed as suppliers.

The judge held that the circumstantial evidence brought by the State counsel in proof of the six counts of conspiracy, murder and stealing against the accused persons were cogent, complete, unequivocal and compelling.

In sentencing the convicts, the judge said “Both of you should be hanged till you are dead. May the Lord have mercy on your souls.”

The pharmacist, Orji Osita, who was arraigned for recklessness and negligence for selling prescription drugs to Ezekiel and Echezona, was discharged. The murder trial began on February 8, 2013.

 

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