Court Sentences Cynthia Osokogu’s Killers To Death
A High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos State on Thursday sentenced to death Ezekiel Eloka and Echezona Nwabufor, who were charged with the murder of a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University, Cynthia Osokogu.
The duo were sentenced to death after they were found guilty of the murder of Osokogu, who they lured from Nasarawa to Lagos before strangling her to death at a hotel in Festac Town, Lagos.
The deceased was murdered by the convicts on July 22, 2012 at Cosmilla Hotel, Lake View Estate, Festac Town, Lagos after she met Mr. Eloka on Facebook who lured her to Lagos.
In her judgment, Justice Olabisi Akinlade held that after carefully going through the evidence presented before the court – the testimonies of prosecution witnesses, and confessional statements the deceased made to the police – she was left with no doubt that the accused killed Ms. Osokogu.
She also found them guilty of the second charge of committing felony by stealing her Blackberry phone saying the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused intended and in fact took the life of the deceased in the process of stealing her phone and belongings.
She also found the duo guilty of the first and third charge – conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to steal.
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