Managment sacks hotel workers for negligence over Cynthia’s death

The management of Cosmilla Hotel in Lagos, where the late Miss Cynthia Udoka Osokogu was murdered by some men she met on Facebook, has sacked all the staff of the hotel that were on duty, the day of the murder.

The hotel, which is located at Lake View Estate, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos State, is said to have a tradition of ‘proper screening’ of its guests at the point of checking-in, by demanding valid identification of prospective guests.

The front-desk officer was said to have breached the established procedure, paving way for difficulty in identifying the body of the deceased as her attackers had taken away all items that could assist in identifying her.

The hotel rules demand that guests must present their ID cards or passport before given a room in the hotel.

The fake identities of the suspects had made it difficult for the police at Area ‘F’ Command to quickly solve the murder riddle.

Although only two of the suspects were paraded before journalists at the Lagos State Police Command, two others, Orji Osita and Maduako Chukwunonso, who were the pharmacists that sold the drug, used to sedate the late Cynthia, were on Monday, arraigned before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court with the main suspects.

The case is adjourned to the 3rd of October.

The Delta State-born victim who met her untimely death is set to be buried September 7.

Police arraign four persons over Cynthia’s murder

Four suspects were on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Magistrate Court for killing 24-year old Cynthia Osokogu, who they met on social media platform.

The suspects, Okwumo Nwabufo,  Ezeike Olisaeloka, Orji Osita and Maduakor Chukwunonso,  are standing trial on an eight-count of felony, conspiracy, robbery and murder.

Their charge sheet states that the suspects killed the deceased by administering her with Rohypnol Flunitrapezam, binding, torturing, and strangling her.

It also adds that the suspects, along with some others at large, raped and robbed the deceased of valuables that included an international passport, a mobile phone, shoes, bags, wristwatches and jewellery.

The first and second defendants, Okwumo and Ezike, had earlier been paraded by the state police command, where they admitted to luring Cynthia to Lagos via facebook.

They also admitted to drugging, binding, assaulting and killing her.

At the sitting, Magistrate P. Adekomaiya asked the Police Prosecutor, Chukwu Agwu, to forward the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutors (DPP).

Mr Adekomaiya adjourned the case to October 3, 2012 for mention, pending the advice of the DPP.

UNILAG disowns alleged Facebook killer

Meanwhile the management of University of Lagos has disowned media reports identifying one of the suspects in the murder of Cynthia Osokogu, as a 300 level Accounting Student of its distance learning institute.

In a statement on Monday, the university authorities stated that since the news of the alleged involvement of Okwoma Nwabufor in Cynthia’s murder broke; it has conducted an evaluation of students’ records and found the suspect’s claim of being a student of UNILAG untrue.

The management of the institution is therefore asking all media organizations to note this fact and disregard the claim of the suspect, Mr. Nwabufor associating him with the University of Lagos in any way.