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Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper INEC shake-up to affect 67 directors •22 depts may be scrapped NEWS Page 2 Boko Haram: no talks with govt NEWS Page 9 •‘We didn’t send emissary to Saudi’ VOL. 7, NO. 2226 THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012 TR UTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM TRUTH N150.00 Suspects: we drugged Cynthia before killing her By Jude Isiguzo and Precious Igbonwelundu B EFORE a shocked audience of reporters and policemen, two youths, who are cousins, spoke yesterday of how they killed Cynthia, daughter of Major-Gen. Frank Osokogu. Odera Ezekiel (23) and Okwoma Nwabufor (33), suspects in the alleged murder of the model, are 300 level Accounting undergraduates of the Anambra State University and the University of Lagos (UNILAG). They said their intention was to rob the late Cynthia whom they believed was coming into Lagos with a large sum of money but when they did not find enough on her, they beat her to death. According to them, she died as they struggled with her to take all they found on her. They said when the late Cynthia arrived in Lagos, they checked her into a hotel where she was drugged with 10 tablets of Rohypnol, which they injected into three packs of Ribena juice which they served her in her room. Ezekiel and Nwabufor met the late Cynthia through a Blackberry group chat. They got •Ezekiel and Nwabufor ...yesterday PHOTOS: PRECIOUS IGBONWELUNDU •The late Cynthia cousin said about ‘10Mytablets of Rohypnol was mixed in the three Ribenas. After she took some, she started feeling weak ’ Continued on page 2 •Sim cards and other items recovered from the suspects •The late Cynthia’s shoes, bag and Jewellery the police recovered Asari, Ateke, Tompolo get govt’s N5.6b contracts •SEE ALSO PAGES 4&5 Ex-militants securing NNPC’s oil pipelines T HESE are good times for former Niger-Delta militants, going by reports of their fortunes. Mujahhid Dokubo-Asari, leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, earns $9 million (N1.420billion) annually, guarding pipelines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) , The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The paper, which is well respected in the financial world, reported that the contract was sealed last year. It said: “Last year, Nigeria’s state oil company began paying him $9 million a year, by Mr. Dokubo-Asari’s account, to pay his 4,000 former foot soldiers to protect the pipelines they once attacked. He shrugs off the unusual turn of events. “I don’t see anything wrong with it,” said the thickly built former gunman, lounging in a house gown at his home here in Nigeria’s capital.” NNPC, the paper said it gathered from one of its senior officials, is giving $3.8 million (N599.64million) a year apiece to two former rebel leaders, Gen. Continued on page 2 •Governor Rauf Aregbesola shaking hands with Director, Media and Public Relations, Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation in Europe, Mrs Stephania AlofuokhaiGhogomu, during the opening session of the two-day Osun State Investment Summit in Osogbo…yesterday. With them are Deputy Governor Mrs Titi LaoyeTomori, Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (behind her); and Head of Delegation Mr Collins Nweke. •HOW TO FIX NIGERIA , BY TINUBU P9 •INDICTED OIL FIRMS’ LIST NOW 25 P11

The Nation August 23, 2012

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