Cynthia Udoka Osokogu Found: Murdered by Facebook Friends

Cynthia Udoka Osokogu was allegedly murdered by a duo she met on Facebook. (Google Images)

Chiemelie Ezeobi of AllAfrica.com is reporting that Cynthia Udoka Osokogu, 24, the daughter of retired Major General Frank Osokogu, was one of a at least six victims who was lured, drugged, raped and robbed by the criminal duo of Okwuoma Echezona Nwabufo and Ezekiel Odera Olisa. According to BellaNaija.com, Osokugu was a post-graduate student at  Nasarawa State University. Osokugu had developed a friendship with Nwabufo and Olisa, both university students in Lagos, whom she met online through Facebook. In July, the duo allegedly lured Osokogu from Keffi to Lagos. Once there, the duo allegedly picked her up from the airport, took her to a hotel, drugged, raped, robbed and strangled her.

Osokogu was found dead in the hotel room and her unidentified body was taken to the morgue. Osokogu’s family and friends had reported her missing and had no idea what happened to her as she was last seen July 14.  One of the suspects allegedly recently used Osokogu’s cell phone to make a phone call. Authorities were able to trace the call back to FESTAC Town (federal housing estate located along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway in Lagos), which allowed local authorities to find the missing person’s report, identify Osokogu at the morgue and trace it back to the hotel, where they identified the suspects by closed-captioned television film provided by the hotel. The pharmacist who supplied the drugs used on Osokugu and the hotel staff have been arrested.

Subsequently, the suspects have admitted to drugging, raping and robbing other young women at a number of FESTAC hotels. Police paraded the suspects through FESTAC and two other women have subsequently come forward to report being victims of the duo. AllAfrica.com is reporting that the suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti, Yaba. Ezeobi reports, “The suspects however maintained that they were not in the criminal act to murder anyone, rather to drug, rape and then disposess them of their belongings.”

Read more at All Africa or African Spotlight.

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