The trial of the suspected killers of Cynthia Osokogu who was killed in Cosmilla Hotel in FESTAC Town, Lagos in July 2012 was on Friday, adjourned till September 20 due to the absence of the trial judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade. The court registrar disclosed that the judge was “indisposed.”
24-year-old Cynthia Osokogu was allegedly drugged and murdered in a hotel room on July 22, 2012 by the suspects whom she met on Facebook.
The suspects, Okwumo Nwabufor and Olisaeloka Ezike, are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to commit murder, murder and felony. Osita Orji, the Pharmacist who sold Rophynol to the alleged murderers is facing charges of reckless and negligent act. Nonso Ezike, who bought a Blackberry phone belonging to the deceased, was also charged with possession of stolen property.
The argument on an alleged confessional statement from Nwabufor and Olisaeloka had earlier been scheduled to be heard in the “trial-within-trial” on Friday.
Victor Opara, counsel to Mr. Nwabufor, is contesting the admissibility of the statement obtained from his clients. He said the police obtained the statements under duress.
At the last hearing, Joseph Edo, a police officer with Area E, Festac Town, had told the court that the deceased was chained and strangled to death by her killers. He also told the court that while Nwabufor and Olisaeloka were being interrogated, Nwabufor accused Olisaeloka of trying to implicate him. Edo testified in the court that Nwabufor said ‘why did you bring me to the police to arrest me? Why didn’t you tell them you strangled the deceased to death?’
Edo also made it known that the deceased’s properties including a laptop, two mobile phones, a pair of sunglasses, a vibrator, two international passports and a driver’s license bearing the identity of the late Ms Osokogu were recovered from Olisaeloka’s house by the police.