A 23 year old undergraduate is among the principal suspects who killed 25 year-old Cynthia Akuzogwu Udoka, the daughter of a retired general strangled in an hotel.
Her body was picked up from an Lagos hospital morgue last weekend.
Two main murder suspects were arrested on Sunday have been paraded by the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos.
Ezekiel Nnechuwu Olisa Eloka, and Echezona Nwabufor, 33, narrated how they drugged the beautiful post-graduate fashion designer and dealer who had traveled from Abuja to Lagos in pursuit of her business, only to meet death from the hands of her facebook friends. The so called friends pretended they were in the same trade as Cynthia and offered to help to get cheap goods for her fashion business.
Cynthia, daughter of retired Major General Frank Osokogu, was strangled in the hotel room where the duo had prepared to receive her for her safety on arrival in Lagos from Abuja.
Both boys have confessed and narrated how the pretty lady was killed because of her money and other belongings.
One of the suspects, Eloka, said they killed Cynthia because they thought she had a lot of money in her possession during her trip. But after the dastardly attack on her, they discovered that she didn’t have much on her, at least not reasonable amount of money to warrant her being killed.
According to the suspects, “we met her on the facebook on our Blackberry. We invited her to come to Lagos to buy goods at cheap prices.
“When she got to Lagos, we took her to a hotel in Festac. We thought she had a lot of money, but she said she didn’t have any money. We gave her Reflon tablet in her Ribena drink. After this, we slept with her for 12 hours in that hotel. We discovered that the tablet did not work quickly on her”.
“We then attacked her, tied her up and used cellotape to cover her mouth. After that, we beat her to tell us where she kept the money.
“When we didn’t get any money from her, we tied her mouth and strangled her and then we abandoned her in the hotel and fled.”
The suspects and the General’s daughter became friends on Facebook and were exchanging messages and phone calls.
She told them she was coming to Lagos. They met her at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja from where they ushered her into a hotel in FESTAC town, Lagos.
Briefing journalists on how policemen were able to arrest the suspects, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Abubakar Manko, said detectives made use of the close circuit television, CCTV, at the hotel where the crime was committed to identify them.
The Area Commander, Area ‘E’ Police Command, ACP Okoro added that the suspects who are undergraduates of Nigerian universities were nabbed through the call logs of the telephone conversations they had with the late Cynthia who was a post graduate student of Nasarawa State University.
When the suspected killers strangled Cynthia they fled the hotel
The Police later deposited her corpse at the mortuary of Isolo General Hospital in Lagos.
ACP Okoro stated that many ATM cards, about 23 SIM cards, different identity cards were recovered from the suspects.
Police sources said the two suspects will soon be arraigned in court to answer a charge of murder.
Meanwhile, the late Cynthia’s best friend, Aishatu Ene Ella, has paid a glowing tribute to the deceased.
She said: “In the last few days, I have seen my heart torn, stripped and broken into pieces, first by the disappearance and death of my dearest friend and secondly by the wickedness exhibited by Nigerians passing judgement on someone they never knew or met.