The principal suspects,Ezekiel Nnechuwu Olisa Eloka,25 and Echezona Nwabufor, 33, confessed that they lured her to Lagos from her base in Nasarrawa State under the pretext that they are also into clothing business. After receiving her at the Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos, they took an hotel in Festac Town.
According to the suspects, the girl was drugged and was eventually tied and beaten when the drugs didn’t work as fast as they wanted them to. She was also raped for several hours.
â€œWhen we didnâ€™t get any money from her, we tied her mouth and strangled her and then we abandoned her in the hotel and fled.â€
The suspects and the Generalâ€™s daughter became friends on Facebook and were exchanging messages and phone calls.
She told them she was coming to Lagos.
They met her at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja from where they ushered her into a hotel in Festac town, Lagos.
Briefing journalists on how policemen were able to arrest the suspects, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Abubakar Manko, said detectives made use of the close circuit television, CCTV, at the hotel where the crime was committed to identify them.
The Area Commander, Area â€˜Eâ€™ Police Command, ACP Okoro added that the suspects who are undergraduates of Nigerian universities were nabbed through the call logs of the telephone conversations they had with the late Cynthia who was a post graduate student of Nasarawa State University.
When the suspected killers strangled Cynthia, they deposited her corpse at the mortuary of Isolo General Hospital in Lagos.
ACP Okoro stated that many ATM cards, about 23 SIM cards, different identity cards were recovered from the suspects.
Police sources said the two suspects will soon be arraigned in court to answer a charge of murder.