It seems like only yesterday, I read of a missing young woman and that she had allegedly been missing since the 24th of July. The only daughter of an army general. And a request to report to the police or call a certain number and tender your information.
She has been found dead as reported by her friend on twitter, I would like to thank all for your help in finding Cynthia Osokogu, wiv much sadness in my heart, I announce the passing away of my sister and friend. May she RIP!!!
There are conflicting reports about the causes of her death. Some report that she was killed by the same people who picked her from the airport. Some say her body was discovered in a morgue. This is why I wait for a full confirmation of a story than post tid bits of untrue information. Whatever the reasons of her passing let us allow the girl some dignity in death. And reflect instead on the fact that Nigeria is a very unsafe nation.
A beautiful 24-year-old lady, what on earth could have led to her demise? Is it that Nigerians are beginning to crack under the immense economic and national pressure. that these C & I Crime and Information worthy stories are being heard now because of the influence of the media. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and all the blogs out there?
Security in this country is at an all time low and the decline is steady. Smh. It is ridiculous and nothing is being done. People aren’t even aware of their surroundings. They just flit from one sensational story to the next. Without a care. Things need to change. Hope something comes out of this and not just be swept under the carpet like numerous other cases before this. Amen!
Well, well, well, I daresay things are really looking up in our country. From the investigation, CCTV, Finding the Hotel Concilia in Festac, naming and parading the victims, etc. I am honestly elated at the recent turn of events, but something still puts a blip on the radar. Why are the suspect’s faces still being concealed?
I mean, you named them:
“On parade were two undergraduates, Okwuoma Echezona Nwabufo and Ezekiel Odera Ilechukwu Olisa, both maternal cousins, who masterminded Cynthia’s killing in a Lagos hotel room. The police brought them before journalists at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, to give account of how they lured her from her Nasarawa State base and subsequently killed her”
You mentioned their schools and grade and age:
In his confession, 33-year-old Nwabufo, a 300-level Accounting student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and mastermind of the dastardly act, said Cynthia’s death was a mistake as they did not plan to kill her. Olisa, also a 300-level student of Accounting in Anambra State University, Igbariam Campus.
What else is there? Why are their stories filled with inconsistencies and stupid statements: Nwabufo’s version=
According to him, “We first met on the internet and later when she said she wanted to come to Lagos to shop, I invited her and we accidentally killed her in Concilla Hotel. We thought she had plenty of money that I could collect; so, while she was struggling, I tied her with a chain and Cellotaped her lips to prevent her from shouting.” From his confession, even with the Cellotape on her lips, they feared she could still shout and so pressed down her throat for some time until she choked to death. He also confessed that they beat her up before she died.
While there were indications that the deceased was raped as the police found some used condoms in the room, Nwabufo denied that she was sexually abused. Rather, he said the condom was used on a sex toy the deceased allegedly brought with her. However, he could not explain why they would use a condom on the prototype of a male organ, as sex toys do not produce semen. He said: “The condom that was found in the room was not used on her but was used on the sex toy she had with her. I inserted the condom on the sex toy, and used it on her and later dropped it there. I didn’t sleep with her. If the police test the condom forensically, it will vindicate me.
“He said I should buy Ribena and Rohypnol, which I did. I injected about 10 tablets into the drink. In the process of binding the girl, she tried to struggle, and we maltreated and rough handled her and she passed out in the process. But I didn’t hit her with anything.
“After we had manhandled her, Nwabufo told me that she had stopped breathing but when I touched her she was still breathing. Then I left the hotel. Later, he called me to say that he had not heard from her for a long time and had not seen her online. I was in school when they came on Sunday and arrested me.
You have a confession, evidence, stolen paraphernalia and proof:
The suspects were arrested when the police obtained the deceased’s call log and successfully contacted Olisa’s girlfriend who then aided in arresting him in Anambra State. Olisa in turn, implicated Nwabufo whose attempt to escape through the ceiling of his home, was aborted by the police.
The items recovered from the suspects include: seven driver’s licences (three belonging to Olisa and the others bearing different names to Nwabufo); the deceased’s belongings, including her shoes found in Nwabufo’s house; 17 mobile phones, two Diamond Bank rubber stamps, two syringes, a pack of Ribena, 22 SIM cards, a chain as well as 12 debit and credit cards.
There is no reason to continue to hide their faces. If they are afraid they would be mobbed, with all they have at their arsenal, these suspects would be charged to court and subsequently be awaiting trial in police custody = Problem solved. Nigerians have seen how powerful the media can be. The pictures all over the internet led to a report at the police station. Contrary to popular opinion, crimes such as these aren’t peculiar to the western, more advanced countries at all. Investigations are conducted and are documented properly. Now that we have this knowledge, we can demand for justice for Cynthia’s killers. Let everyone blog, tweet, Facebook these questions repeatedly till we get answers.
It isn’t merely about jumping from blog to blog, website to newspapers to avidly devour news as they unfold. Lend your voice to change, well in this case, your pen, keyboard, keypad, name it. Let’s start a tidal wave. It doesn’t matter if she went for runs, or not. Went to shop or not. Trusted too easily or not. For if we subscribe to the school of thought that condemns and judges people, then we might as well stop paying tithe, going to church, fasting, praying or calling ourselves children of God. He teaches forgiveness and love.
Let’s see their faces!!! Why are they being protected? We have all their data already, what difference does it make? #UnmaskTheKillers ….Let’s make it trend on twitter. They are a menace to society. We deserve to be protected. Let them be disgraced completely. It is a little concession to make given the inhuman and darkly evil act perpetrated by them. It doesn’t make any sense. The gaps and holes. Assuage our curiosity and fears.
Examples of normal Nigerian suspect parades: