5 yrs after, Cynthia’s killers sentenced to death, pharmacist who sold the drug, discharged
A Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has sentenced to death Okwumo Nwabufo and Olisaeloka Ezike who were charged with the murder of a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University, Cynthia Osokogu.
The deceased was murdered by the convicts on July 22, 2012 at Cosmilla Hotel, Lake View Estate, Festac Town, Lagos. Ms. Osokogu, who met Mr. Eloka on Facebook, was lured from Nasarawa to Lagos and strangled to death at the hotel.
Justice Olabisi Akinlade declared that after carefully analysing the evidence presented before the court, she was left with no doubt that the accused killed Ms. Osokogu.
She also found them guilty of the second charge of committing felony by stealing her Blackberry phone saying the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused intended and in fact took the life of the deceased in the process of stealing her phone and belongings.
She also found the duo guilty of the first and third charge – conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to steal. Orji Osita, a pharmacist, was discharged of the charge of recklessness and negligence for selling prescription drugs without prescription, which the accused used in drugging the deceased.