The Lagos State Police, Wednesday, paraded two suspects who allegedly murdered, Cynthia Osokogu, a 25 year old lady they met through social media.
Ms. Osokogu, a postgraduate student at the Nassarawa State University, was strangled in her hotel room in Festac Town, Lagos.
The suspects, Ezekiel Eloka, 23, and Echezona Nwabufor, 33; while narrating how they drugged the deceased, said that they strangled her and made away with her money.
On July 22, the Area E Police Division in FESTAC found the chained, lifeless body of Ms. Osokogu in her hotel room.
Mr. Eloka said that they met the deceased on Facebook. And when she informed them she usually comes to buy goods in Lagos, they made arrangements for her visit while promising to help her get cheaper prices.
“When she got to Lagos, we met her at the airport and then took her to a hotel in Festac. We thought she had a lot of money, but she said she didn’t have any money,” Mr. Eloka said.
Mr. Eloka further stated that their effort to drug Ms. Osokogu’s drink was fruitless as they discovered the drug “did not work quickly on her.”
“We then attacked her, tied her up and used cellotape to cover her mouth.
“After that, we beat her to tell us where she kept the money.
“When we didn’t get any money from her, we tied her mouth and strangled her and then we abandoned her in the hotel.”
Umar Manko, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, said that the police used footages from the hotel’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to identify the suspects.
“We discovered that two young men came to the hotel and went to the room and after sometime came out with a package,” Mr. Manko said.
With the aid of the video footage and the call logs of the telephone conversations between the suspects and the deceased; Mr. Manko said that they were able to close in on the duo.
The police also said that they recovered ATM cards, different identity cards, and more that 20 SIM cards from the suspects.