Cynthia Osokogu’s Killers Sentenced To Death By Hanging

Sorry for the long break, guys. Had series of meetings since morning, just returning to my desk.

After about 5 years of trial, an Igbosere high court in Lagos today sentenced Okwumo Nwabufo and Olisaeloka Ezike to die by hanging for killing Cynthia Osokogu, then a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University.

She was killed in 2012 after being lured to Cosmilla Hotel in FESTAC area of Lagos.

In a judgment on Thursday, Justice Olabisi Akinlade held that evidence presented before the court, testimonies of prosecution witnesses, and confessional statements made to the police, left no doubt that Nwabufo and Ezike killed Cynthia Osokogu.

The accused were arraigned on a six-count charge of conspiracy, murder, stealing, recklessness, negligence and possession of stolen goods, alongside Orji Osita and Ezike Nonso.

During the proceedings, 10 witnesses gave evidence.
The murder trial began on February 8, 2013, with the state calling the hotel’s receptionist as its first witness. All the evidences showed that the guys killed her.

The body of late Cynthia, 24, the only daughter of a retired brigadier general, Frank Osokogu, was discovered in a Lagos morgue a month after she was declared missing by her family.