By Jude Isiguzo/The Nation
The suspects who allegedly killed Major-Gen Frank Osokugo’s daughter, Cynthia, were said to have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), homicide section, Panti, Yaba yesterday morning.
However, a senior officer at the SCID where the suspects were said to be detained contradicted the report.
According to the source, they were not transferred to the SCID.
The source said: “The suspects are being confined to maximum security. Where they are detained does not matter. The most important thing is that they are in police custody and are well protected.”
Command spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed that the Area Commander of Area ‘E’ Command, Mr Dan Okoro, personally supervised the transfer of the suspects.
But a source at the Area ‘E’ command, who pleaded anonymity, told our reporter that the suspects were still in their custody because some victims were still coming to identify them.
It was gathered that more female victims of the suspects, Nwabufor Okomu and Odera Ezekiel, had shown up at the Area Command.
The alleged victims, on whose claims Police said investigations were ongoing, claimed that they were also lured by the suspects to hotels in Festac area through interactions and chats on facebook and blakberry.
It was gathered that the police high command in the state has arrested some management staff of the other hotels mentioned by the suspects during their confession.
Sources at the police headquarters told our reporter that the Commissioner of Police was angry with the hotels for not coming forward with such information before now.
“The management staff of those hotels risk prosecution for withholding such information. It is possible that the command would have checked the crime if these people had reported this matter earlier,” the source said.
It was also gathered that the police has placed a security watch on all the hotels in Festac area to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.
A source at the Area command told our reporter that serious security checks were being conducted in Festac area.
There has been panic among hoteliers in the area as the incident is said to have led to low patronage.