Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide
By Chiemelie Ezeobi
With the arrest and subsequent parade of the alleged assailants of Cynthia Udoka Osokogu, daughter of Major General Frank (rtd) and Mrs. Joy Osokogu, in Lagos, two women Thursday went to the Area E Command in FESTAC to report that they were once victims of the suspects.
The victims, THISDAY gathered, had boldly stepped out based on the parade of the suspects on Wednesday at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja. After identifying the duo as the suspects, they wrote their statements at the Area Command.
According to the victims, they had also been lured, drugged and raped by the duo of Okwuoma Echezona Nwabufo and Ezekiel Odera Olisa, but were lucky to escape with their lives.
Their disclosure corroborates Nwabufo’s confession that they had drugged and raped four other girls apart from Osokogu whom they allegedly murdered afterwards.
Acting on the suspects’ disclosure that their stock in trade was to use hotels within the FESTAC Town area of the state to commit their crimes, THISDAY gathered that police have beamed their searchlight on hotels in the area.
Police sources said the police have begun to quiz some employees of these afore mentioned hotels for not reporting such crimes in times past based on the confessional statement of the duo.
Explaining why they chose hotels only in the FESTAC area, Nwabufo had said: “I chose hotels in FESTAC because there are many. Some of the hotels I have used in raping and robbing some girls include Benny Hotel, Opera Mini, Chelsea Hotel and Cosmilla.”
The suspects however maintained that they were not in the criminal act to murder anyone rather to drug, rape and then disposes them of their belongings.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, a deputy superintendent of police, said the parade helped the victims to come out of their shells.
She said: “Following the parade on Wednesday, two girls came to the Area E Command to complain that they had fallen victim to the suspects in the past.
“After identifying the duo, they made out their statements and based on this investigation continues until all aspects of this case has been explored.”
The suspects, it was learnt, have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba.