The trial of the alleged murderers of Miss Cynthia Osukogu who was murdered in a hotel at FESTAC Town in Lagos State on July 22, could not commenced Monday as scheduled because the presiding Magistrate was on leave.
Magistrate Olalekan Aka Bashorun of the Yaba Magistrate Court had ordered the suspects to be remanded in prison custody until November 5, when the matter was scheduled for hearing.
However, when the matter came up yesterday, it was discovered that the presiding Magistrate was on leave.
Consequently, the matter was adjourned till November 27.
The prosecution team had presented new charges before the court, charging the first five defendants - Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo, Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka, Orji Osita, Maduakoa Chukwunonso and Gideon Okechukwu on a nine - count charge of felony, conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, rape, unlawful sexual intercourse, unlawful administration of obnoxious substance known as rohypnol flunitrazepam tablets, drug administration against victims consent and false pretence.
The sixth and seventh defendants - Ezike Nonso Ifechukwu and Ezeaka Chinonso were charged on two count charge of receiving robbed/stolen property and knowingly receiving a white Blackberry Bold 5 valued at N85,000 from Ezikeil Chukwu Olisa Eloka.