The police have made another breakthrough in their investigation into the murder of Nasarawa State Graduate student Cynthia Osokogu.
Miss Osokogu, 25, was last month lured to Lagos by two men she met on a social media site, who lodge her in a hotel in Festac, where they allegedly murdered her.
Four men are in custody in connection with the murder.
Lagos State Police Commissioner Umar Manko said the late Miss Osokogu’s blackberry Bold 5 (9910 model) handset was recovered from Nonso Ezike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He said Ezike is a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Federal University of technology (FUTO), Owerri.
Manko said the development is due to the painstaking investigative effort of the Area Commander ‘E’, Mr. Dan Okoro, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Recounting how the phone was tracked, Okoro said: “We were having problems on how to get the late Cynthia’s phone. We met her father who gave us Cynthia’s pin number from there, we started chatting with the person using the phone and he told us he bought it from someone. We told him that we needed the phone and we pledged to pay him for it. But the buyer said the phone was giving him problems and he intended to send it back to the person who sold it to him.
“We traced the mast and discovered he was chatting from Port Harcourt. He told me he bought the phone from Lagos. A 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 phone to our office in Area E Command, Festac. The person eventually came to our office with a lawyer to drop the phone and I asked my men to arrest him immediately. “Coincidentally, the man who came to drop the phone with us is a junior brother to the prime suspects who are being arraigned in court. He confessed to the police of having sold 3 telephones given to him by his brothers at several occassions. He also confessed that he sold Cynthia’s Blackberry telephone for N68, 000.00.
“The Commissioner of police gave us express instructions to ensure that no person who has a role in this dastardly act is left unpunished. The driver to the killers has also been arrested sequel to information given by the suspect in our custody”, Okoro narrated.
The driver was said to have been hired to convey them around anytime and anywhere they have a victim. He was also said to have been moving their loots to where they were sold.
Manko said the suspects would be charged to court.