Judge’s Absence Stalls Cynthia Osokogu’s Murder Trial
No reason was given for the absence of Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
A court official merely stated that she was “indisposed.”
The matter was consequently adjourned till the 12th of April for continuation of trial.
Ms. Osokogu, 24, was allegedly drugged and murdered inside a hotel room in Festac Town in Lagos by men she met and became friends with on the social media site Facebook last July.
Okwumo Nwabufor and Olisaeloka Ezike; the principal suspects had been charged with conspiracy to commit felony and murder of the deceased.
The other suspects; Osita Orji, the pharmacist who sold the Rophynol drugs to the alleged murderers and Nonso Ezike who sold the deceased’s Blackberry phone were charged with reckless, negligent act and possession of stolen property respectively.
All the suspects were in court today, including Mr. Orji who had been out on bail after the judge ruled in his favour last month.
Nonso, Olisaeloka’s younger brother, who had also been granted bail, but under stricter terms is still in prison custody as he is yet to meet the conditions.
After the new trial date was confirmed, Mr. Orji left the court with a friend, while the other suspects waited for the prison wardens to take them back to the Black Maria.
The murder trial has seen the prosecution call two witnesses, both of them former employees at the hotel where Ms. Osokogu died.
Chris Obiaka, counsel to Mr. Orji said that the trial has been enjoying an accelerated trial, as promised by the judge.
“The important thing is not to rush proceedings. It is to ensure that justice is done and done accordingly,” Mr. Obiaka said.