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Facebook Murder: Lagos DPP frees 4 suspects

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, has exonerated four
suspects linked to the murder of late Cynthia Osokogu in Lagos.

Cynthia Osokogu: 4 suspects freed in case.
Cynthia was murdered in a hotel room in Lagos, Nigeria by her Facebook friends. In an advice forwarded to the new court handling the trial, the office of the DPP noted
that two pharmacists Orji Osita and Maduakor Chukwunonso and two co-defendants
Gideon Okechukwu and Ezeaka Chinonso charged along side others in the matter are
not culpable of the offences of murder, conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to
commit felony to wit stealing preferred against them before the lower court. Based on the advice, the new trial court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo,
has ordered their released from prison custody. The office of the DPP however found the main culprits in the murder case, Okwumo
Echezona Nwabufo and Ezike Ikechukwu Olisaeloka culpable of the offences of
murder, conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to commit felony to wit stealing, while
Ezike Nonso Ifechukwu was found culpable of receiving Cynthia’s stolen blackberry
phone contrary to sections 326(1) (2) law of Lagos State. In the advice, DPP noted that to establish offence of conspiracy,”the prosecution
must establish that there was agreement between two or more persons to carry out
the crimes or unlawful act.” It stated further that, ” It is well settled that to secure a conviction on a charge of
murder, the prosecution must prove that, ‘the deceased had died, that the death of the
deceased was caused by the accused, and that the act or omission of the accused
which caused the death of the deceased was intentional with knowledge that death or
grievous bodily harm was its probable consequence.” “In the light of the foregoing, this office shall prosecute Okwumo Echezona,
Nwabufoan Ezike and Ikechukwu Olisaeloka for the offences of conspiracy to commit
murder, murder conspiracy to commit felony to wit stealing and stealing contrary to
Section 231,221, 409 and 285 (1) of the Criminal Law, No. 11, Laws of Lagos State,
2011 respectively.”
No date has been fixed for their arraignment.

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