Friday, April 18, 2014

Police arrest more suspects in Cynthia Okosogu’s murder

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Cynthia Osokogu

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two more suspects involved in the murder of Cynthia Osokogu.

The police had already paraded four suspects, last week, for their roles in the death of Ms. Osokogu, 25, a post graduate student at the Nassarawa State University who was allegedly strangled in her hotel room in Festac Town, Lagos.

The two suspects, Nonso Ezike, the younger brother of one of those already in police custody, and Gideon Okechukwu, 39, said to be the driver of the gang, were arrested by officers of the Area E Festac Police Command.

Mr. Ezike, who sells fairly used mobile phones at Ladipo Market, Lagos, told the police he sold the blackberry to a Port Harcourt based businessman at the cost of N68,000.

“I am a dealer in London used second hand phones,” said Mr. Ezike,
a Mathematics and Computer Science graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

“It was Chidera (his brother) who sold the phone to me.

“He said the phone belongs to our cousin, Okwumo,” he added, in the statement which submitted to the police.

The arrests

The leader of the police team, Dan Okoro, said that “electronic policing” helped the police to track down the new suspects.

“During the investigation, I told late Cynthia’s father to give me the pin of her blackberry phone,” Mr. Okoro, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said.

“I got the pin and started chatting with the number,” he added.

Mr. Okoro said that during their chats, he realized that the new owner of Ms. Osokogu’s blackberry was in Port Harcourt.

“I told him I needed the phone and he told me he bought it from Lagos and the phone was sent to him via courier and he was willing to return it to the person who sold it to him,” said Mr. Okoro.

“He said he would like to get his money for the phone back and I told him there is no problem.”

After the phone was returned to Mr. Ezike, the seller, it was brought to the Festac police station.

“On September 3, two men – Mr. Ezike and his lawyer – came to my office with a white Bold 5 9900 blackberry phone,” said Mr. Okoro.

“Immediately I told my men to detain them and they were interrogated.

“So that was how we got to know that Mr. Ezike is a brother of one of the suspects that we arraigned.”

Reacting to the latest arrests, Umar Manko, the state police Commissioner, stated that the police are still investigating the case.

“(Gideon) Okechukwu is believed to be the man who conveys the suspects to all their destinations,” said Mr. Manko.

“He is helping us with our investigation.”

More police recoveries

The police said they also recovered a black Compaq 610 laptop belonging to Echezona Nwabufo, who is already in their custody.

The laptop, according to the police, had more than 50 nude photos of female victims of the suspects.

Ms. Osokogu’s naked photo in the laptop showed bites and wounds inflicted all over her body.

Some of the photos showed ladies tied with rope while their mouths were covered with cellotape.

Another group of photos showed some ladies with dangerous objects inserted into their vagina.

Mr. Manko said that the two suspects would be “arraigned in court soon.”

“What these people do is that after stealing these phones, they will flash the phones and remove all the details of the owners of the phone,” said the police commissioner.

“That is what they did with Cynthia’s phone.

“But we got her pin, which cannot be destroyed.

“So people should be wary of the phones they buy as this can be stolen property,” said Mr. Manko.

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