The four suspects linked to the murder of the daughter of a former army general, Cynthia Osokogu, appeared before a Yaba Magistrate court on Monday to face court charges over the murder of the Nassarawa State University post-graduate student.
The initial lower court appearance prior to the transfer of the case to a High Court took place as the four confessed killers: Okwumo Echezona Nwabufor, 33, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka, 23, Orji Osita, 32, and Maduakor Chukwunonso, 25, includes the pharmacist who provided the “rape-drug” used in killing her.
They were slammed with an eight-count charge of murder, armed robbery, administration of lethal drug known as Rohyenol via Ribena fruit drink to drug the victim, among others.
According to the charge, the suspects also had unlawful sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent.
Their plea was not taken. The court ordered that they should be remanded in prison custody and their file duplicated for DPP’s advice.
The matter was adjourned till 3 October, 2012..
When the case was about to commence on Monday, the lead prosecution lawyer, Chukwu Agwu, an Acting Superintendent of Police, signaled to the security men to bring the accused persons inside the court premises.
The suspect,as they were marched in ashamedly kept their heads down inside the court,
Shortly after the clerk called the case, Agwu informed the court that the Police had filed an eight-count charge against the accused persons and applied that the charge be read to them.
At the completion of the reading, Magistrate P.A. Adekomaiya asked the accused if they understood the charge. They replied in the affirmative.
Agwu, the Officer-in-Charge, Legal Department, Lagos State Police Command, subsequently requested that the accused be remanded in prison pending the arrival of the advice of the state’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP. The Magistrate granted the request because I. D. Egbo, who announced appearance for Chukwunonso, did not object.
Magistrate Adekomaiya ordered that they should be remanded in Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, pending DPP’s advice and adjourned the matter till October 3 for mention.