This Day (Lagos)

5 September 2012

Nigeria: Cynthia - Police Arrest Two More Suspects

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Cynthia Osokogu

The police Tuesday announced the arrest of two more suspects in connection with the murder of the 24-year-old Miss Cynthia Osokogu.

The two new suspects arrested are Nonso Ezeike, the younger brother of Olisaemeka, and one Gideon Okechukwu, a driver that worked for the two main suspects

THISDAY gathered that the police had traced the remaining suspects through the sale of the late Cynthia's Blackberry Bold 5 (99100 Model) phone which she was dispossessed of by Nwabufo and Ezeike.

Confirming the arrest, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, said detectives had tracked the movement of Nonso, Ezeike's brother at Port Harcourt where he had fled to.

He said Nonso, a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Federal University of Science and Technology (FUTO), Owerri, was arrested because he had sold the phone to an end user.

Manko, who commended the efforts of the investigating team, said the police would continue to ensure that the public would be informed as the mysteries behind the murder is unravelled.

Narrating how the suspects were arrested, he said: "We were having problems on how to get the late Cynthia's phone which was missing after we had recovered other items from the suspects.

"We then met the father of the late Cynthia who gave us her pin number.

Armed with the pin, we started chatting with the person who was currently using the phone and he told us he bought it from someone.

"We told him that we need the phone and we pledged to pay him back the money but the buyer said the phone was giving him problems and he intends to send it back to the person who sold it to him.

"At that juncture, we traced the mast and discovered he was chatting from Port Harcourt but he had told us that he bought the phone from Lagos when we eventually got him online."

He added, "Few days later, he called to say he had returned the phone to the actual person he bought it from. We urged him to ask the person to return the said phone at Area E Command, FESTAC Town.

"The person eventually came to our office with a lawyer to drop the phone and he was arrested immediately. Coincidentally, the man who came to drop the phone is a younger brother to the prime suspects who were already arraigned in court. He confessed to the police of having sold three phones given to him by his brothers at several occasions. He also confessed that he sold Cynthia's Blackberry telephone for N68, 000.00."

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