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In Defence of Nonso Maduakor, the Pharmacist Arrested in the Case of Cynthia Osokogu’s Murder

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After the tragic news of the murder of lovely Miss Cynthia Osokogu broke, there was a loud public outcry for the apprehension of all the people responsible for the dastardly act. BellaNaija covered the story of the apprehension of two young men who confessed to the murder. We found out later that the police had arrested the pharmacist, Nonso Maduakor, who had allegedly sold the drugs that were used to subdue Cynthia. Friends of Nonso have written to vouch for his honor and to testify that he’s a credible person and he has been wrongfully charged. Please read this and let’s have your thoughts. We hope that this issue gets sorted as soon as possible.
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Nonso Maduakor

If you visit the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Higher Ground parish in Oluti, near Agboju in Lagos, and ask for the Pastor of the Youth Fellowship, you won’t find him. His name is Nonso Maduakor and he has been in detention since the 20th of August 2012.

On the 11th of July 1987, Mrs Maduakor gave birth to Nonso, her second child, a year after her first daughter. The secondary school teacher lost her husband to death in 2004, a few months before Nonso was admitted to study Pharmacy at the Igbinedion University in Edo State. Nonso had finished from Kings College, Lagos, in 2003 and his WAEC certificate was grade B in all subjects except Igbo where he scored an E.

At the Igbinedion University, Nonso was the best graduating student in his class and President of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students, Okada Chapter. Nonso is an outspoken Chelsea fan and that’s the only offense some of his friends have against him, minus his dull coloured clothes. He was a leader at Christian Fellowship International, a campus arm of Church of God Mission Inc. Not to mention the recommended glasses he had to wear since primary three at Learning Field Primary School, Satellite Town. You can imagine how uncool that was amongst boys but he succeeded in making those glasses look cool.

The Igbinedion University had its accreditation for her pharmacy degree programme delayed for years. Nonso received provisional registration from the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria in March 2012 to enable him commence the compulsory one year internship. Mrs Maduakor was happy, her son was one of the first set of pharmacists from the University and they said he was the best.

In May 2012, Nonso began his internship with Oxpharm, one of the largest chains of goods and drugs stores in Festac Town. Mrs Maduakor watched her son leave for work from their Satellite Town residence and knew that he would be a licensed pharmacist after a year. Until then and according to the rules of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, Nonso would train under a Superintendent Pharmacist. On the 20th of August 2012, Nonso did not return home after his morning shift. At the moment, Mrs Maduakor is about to lose her son to the jailers for a very long time.

On Monday, 20th of August 2012, an aged policeman in plainclothes arrived at Oxpharm. He wanted to buy Rohypnol for his sleepless nights. He told Nonso a lie about a car accident and his inability to sleep at night due to body pains, restlessness and nightmares. The old man was silent about his police badge, irrelevant information to buy drugs but essential to set up another man. Nonso sold him a sachet of Paracetamol and Rohypnol. Flunitrazepam is the compound name of Rohypnol and it is used to manage anxiety disorders, insomnia and restlessness, and also prescribed with an antihypertensive to patients with High BP. It is also a prescription drug like most of the drugs on sale in any pharmacy. And like most of the sales in Nigeria’s pharmacies, it was sold without a prescription note from a medical doctor.

What you didn’t expect was the grateful buyer and his colleagues at the Nigerian Police to return, after ten minutes, to arrest Nonso for the murder of Cynthia Osokogu who was killed on the 22nd of July 2012. She was the daughter of Major General Frank Osokogu (rtd) and had been invited to Cosmilla Hotel at Amuwo Odofin in Lagos by her Facebook friends. This was where she was raped and murdered, a fact unknown to Nonso and his mother.

Nonso was never implicated by any of the alleged killers; he has never met them before and didn’t sell Rohypnol to any of them. The alleged killers have been apprehended, Nonso should not take the medicine for another man’s crime. The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has issued a statement dated 30th of August concerning Nonso’s case: the sale of drugs without prescription is not a criminal offense but a professional breach of ethics. “The law provides that such matters are dealt with by the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, a regulatory agency of the Federal Government established by Cap. P.17 LFN 2004.”

Elijah Briggs, 25, first class graduate of Law, LL.M (Southampton) and currently serving at the Nigerian Law School in Yenagoa, was roommates with Nonso at the university and spoke of Nonso’s character and disposition, so did his close friend and fellow pharmacist Funmi Oshinowo. Nonso’s name is associated with the above names and other responsible names attached to this document and do not belong to the Ikoyi Prisons’ roaster. Brandishing him with crimes he didn’t commit is the same as brandishing his friends, colleagues and family. This unfair and unjust imprisonment of Nonso is a crime against humanity. Today an innocent man is in jail and you might be the next.

We, the friends of Chukwunonso Maduakor are saying: Nonso is our friend and we are not friends with a murderer.

Signed

Amatesiro Dore, 24, Writer.
Elijah Briggs, 25, Lawyer.
Funmi Oshinowo, 25, Pharmacist.
Oluwaseyi Adeoshun, 26, Computer Scientist.
Onatufe Edebi, 25, Medical Doctor.
Aladokiye Gabriel Whyte, 25, Lawyer.
Chinedu Blaise Okoroafor, 26, Lawyer.
Stephen Menkiti, 24, Engineer.
Imoh Edem, 24, Political Analyst.
Adeola Adefisoye, 23, Pharmacist.
Obaze Osaze, 24, Pharmacist.
Iretunde Oshinowo, 30, Urban Planning.
Jennifer Ifebigh, 22, Pharmacist.
Henry Iloanugo, 24, Pharmacist.
Obiajulu Obi, 25, Pharmacist.
Ifeanyi Nwaizu, 25, Microbiologist.
Ovie Olakpe, 25, Lawyer.

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60 Comments

  1. BeeT

    September 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    It is well

  2. jigga

    September 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Wow, I hope he gets the justice he deserves. Live long and prosper!!

    • midas

      January 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

      did u read the article or u just read the headlines??? mscheew

  3. Speak2

    September 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Wow……No man should suffer for another mans crime, let him go. I just met Nonso, he’s an acquaintance and he’s not a murderer.
    ebunblogs.blogspot.com

  4. damsel

    September 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Wow,naija police don come again.

  5. Ginika

    September 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Sensationalism….

    • Ginika

      September 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      However… I pray he is pardoned.

      Looks like Nigeria is trying to wake up somehow, somehow and we are just nabbing anyone we see.

  6. Priscy

    September 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    too bad….

  7. nana

    September 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    am not a very emotional person but this made me cry,wo on our black cloth messengers of death and corruption.wo to Nigeria judicial system.may the lord vindicate you

    • Chi_nonso

      September 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Mmm…it hurts 2 hear,see and read abt something like this…but this is also a lesson 2 everyone of us concerning social networks,social media and d rest of them on how dangerous this platforms could affect our lifes.

  8. Omoge

    September 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Sad, I pray he gets out of this. He made a mistake that may cost him. I heard that the police asked who was on duty the day the drug was sold and the pharmacy said it was Nonso; so that’s why he was arrested. Whether he specifically sold it to them or not is something we don’t know. The bottomline is, someone in that pharmacy sold them the drug that particular day. If it was Nonso, his crime actually is selling Rohypnol without a prescription knowing the potential risk of misuse. Think of it, if the killers were not sold the drug, they wouldn’t have used it. That’s not to say they can’t get elsewhere, but at least, the pharmacist will not be held liable. Truth be told, if you sell a potentially dangerous drug without a prescription in the US or UK and it causes death bcos of misuse, you won’t get away with it either. You WILL get jail term and lose your license. For pete’s sake, this is not Antibiotics. We are talking about medications that can cause DEATH! Giving excuses of “I didn’t know they were going to use it for…, or I thought he was in pain.” won’t cut it. Being a professional in your discipline, you should know better. The sad thing here now is that the police are trying to make it look like he was in on the plan. And he didn’t even help himself by selling this same Rohypnol to the undercover police man. This makes his case all the more complicated. To me, I think he made a bad call that he’s paying for.

    • ama

      September 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      it is is not a criminal offence under the Nigerian law to sell drugs witout prescription it is the PSN that has the duty to any disciplinary action that may be metted out on hm which can be as harsh as loosing his licence supension etc. secondly he was in tranining and there for his supervising pharmacists is the one that should be help liable for any misconduct by his subordinate period

    • omogirl

      September 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

      the Drug didnt cause the DEATH, she was subdued by the drug. It is not a crime to sell without prescription, it is breach of professional ethics, Let the body responsible deal with it. The young man should be given Justice.

  9. karen

    September 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    dis country self !!!so many things re happening,such a young man suffering for a crime he didnt commit,friends of nonso should fight for their friend to be released.and my advice go to d nigeria police, nigeriuans has lost hope in dis organisation called police in dis country.dis isnt d first time am hearing dis.when will al dis stop in dis country?.d youths re tired of living in dis country bcus we re not safe.we dont knw who will b next.God save us in this countr

  10. Cute

    September 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    no sentiments here. He sold the drugs without a prescription. What he needs is a lawyer and not a group of friends running away from the reality. Their friend knows the code of ethics for selling drugs of such nature and should have abided by them. What the police has alleged means that Cynthia may have died as a result of his negligence. On he other hand, was he complicit? Michael Jackson’s doctor also had a similar case. Someone was careless or an accomplice- an innocent person died. What do his friends want the police to do? give him a pat on the back? We have to start taking responsibility in Nigeria.

    • b5

      September 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Hv u read wat was said? He sold the drug to an undercover police man days after cynthia’s death & not to cynthia’s killers. why den shud he b involved in dat case. Pls, do nt allow feminism cloud ur judgement.

    • Whoa

      September 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Too cute to read! Dumb blonde..

  11. Miss Pepeye

    September 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    @ Omoge, but the thing is, how many drugs are sold with a prescription in Nigeria? It is the pharmacy council or whatever or even the whole system that needs an overhaul.

  12. Warri Girl

    September 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Good set of friends, standing up for their friend’s justice. I hope and pray that an innocent man isn’t sent to jail.

  13. smiley

    September 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    yes he made a bad call, the drug can lead to death and so on in the wrong hands, but it IS also used for insomnia, anxiety disorder and restlessness isnt it? it is quite glaring now that he only sold to a customer. between how many of us here has gone to a pharmacy with a prescription in a long while? most of us just drop by and buy. especially when we know what to use for what is ailing us. this is naija we talking about here. so we cant totally blame him for that cos its the norm here. rather a law should b effected that certain drugs shouldnt be bought without prescription. not for now but for later as well. then again as we are all commenting, let us share this on any social network we frequent. not everybody reads bellanaija, so that an awareness can be created and this dude doesnt suffer and so other pharmacists can learn from his mistakes as well.

  14. moi

    September 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    The police should set the guy free since the actual killers are already in their custody $ have not pointed him out as an accomplice. The pharmaceutical association should take up the case. People buy all sorts of harmful drugs everyday because regulations are not enforced by relevant authorities. Walk up to most pharmacies, you will find consultants, GP, pharmacists all in one. I have never bought any drug in Nigeria with a doctors prescription before except in LUTH! Most times the prescription is just there to confirm the drugs name I.e for uncommon ones.

  15. Maureen Opara

    September 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Quite unfortunate, I pray for Gods intervention in this case.
    The good Lord that delieved Paul and Silas will definetly visit Nonso.

  16. ST

    September 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I personally join in this call to freedom for Nonso, my first and only meeting with him almost bared it all about his person, with a geeky looking glass, unassuming personality and free hands, i recall how we both shared a bottle of yoghourt over a liverpool vs chelsea game even though we’re on the devide (i am a liverpool fan).

  17. adesuwa

    September 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    It’s nice that his friends are standing up for him but what he needs now is a good lawyer. His breach of ethics makes him liable. You don’t give out controlled drugs without prescription. It’s about time Nigeria started holding people responsible especially in the medical field. They ll learn to take their ethics more seriously.

  18. TJ

    September 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Im my opinion,while it is unacceptable to sell a drug such as that without prescription,it is worthy of note that Cynthia did not die as a result of that drug administered on her,inshort from the account of her killers,she was struggling with them when they tied her and cellotaped her mouth after which they started beating her after which she died. The drug no doubt would have made her drowsy such as to allow them rape her but if the drug wasnt administered on her,they would have still tied her and cellotaped her mouth and beaten her to death. I join the call for Nonso to be freed.

  19. kem

    September 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    waoh, good to have friends who will speak up for you, i am touched. i pray he gets justice and fast..

    • Idak

      September 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      if i have just four of such friends,i’ll die a happy man.
      No be quantity. quality matters more.

  20. barbs

    September 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    the police are being unfair in this case. In a country where drugs can be sold without a prescription from a medical officer.
    i say please let the pharmacist go. it is an ethical issue not a murder case.
    it becomes a murder case if the drug sold was fake.

  21. Dayo

    September 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Why is this case being “tried” online? If they have a valid defense, let them present it in court.

    While these 2 pharmacists should NOT be charged with murder, at the very least they should be criminally charged with the sale of a controlled substance (and sorry but that’s not solely a professional matter to be administratively handled by the PSN). Furthermore, if it is ever established that there had been a history or pattern of such sales to these allegedly admitted repeat rapists (and admittedly thus far, there is nothing to suggest that such a pattern has been established), then the criminal charge of conspiracy might stick (not necessarily to murder though). Let the judicial process take its due course and please take all of your “defenses” before the appropriate venue — the court of law! GOOD LUCK to them, but I personally I would rather await all of the evidence to unravel in a court of law (under proper rules of evidence) than on the pages of newspapers and on websites.

  22. Ovadje

    September 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Turenchi! There is no criminal exemption for nice or “educated” persons. The confessed criminals said that they have committed multiple rapes of a similar nature in this same Festac Town area using the same drug. I’m quite sure they were not going from drugstore to drugstore searching for it. Nonso or whomever actually sold the drug may not be guilty of murder, but he sure sounds guilty of something.

  23. NNENNE

    September 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    A chilling story but the fact remains that a murder committed. The question is who is next and how can this type of crimes be stopped.
    My conclusions are:
    1)Nonso is not a murderer.
    2)Ignorance is not an excuse in a court of law.If the law says do not sell without a prescription, then no one should do so.People might be doing the wrong thing and getting away with it, but that does not make the wrong right. The unfortunate fellow is the one that gets caught and punished.
    3)To maintain a lawful society, our laws has to executed regardless of who is on the wrong side.
    4)If Mr Nonso is an intern, who is he working under? We take preceptorship lightly but whose that is responsible for training him during his internship period should answer for this.Legally he/she apparently did not work closely with him.
    If Nonso was warned at the beginning of his internship not to sell without prescription He most certainly would not have done so.
    He should be set free because he is a mere intern( still studying to be a pharmacist.Internship is part of the training).
    This a big lesson for pharmacist, drug peddlers and even other Nigerians. Law are to be respected. Who knows the person that will be caught?

    • Fbb

      September 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Ms/Mrs Nnenne Lawyer! There’s no law in Nigeria against selling without prescription, so which law are they respecting? Legally, he has no case to answer if all facts above are right. That’s probably why the only charge they could bring against him is murder cos no such law exist.

  24. l0la

    September 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Most Nigerians prefer to go see pharmacist or chemists as they are popular called instead of visiting hospitals as they cannot afford hospital bills and we all are guilty of ds crime bc u just walk into a pharmacy buy whatever u want and leave bc dats d best u can afford and we know very well its d usual practice in ds part of d world so d gentleman should not be punished for its no offense here. and if its an offense everyone in Nigeria including police themselves are guilty of it.

  25. NNENNE

    September 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    A chilling story but the fact remains that a murder was committed. The question is , who is next and how can this type of crime be avoided?
    My conclusions are:
    1) Mr Nonso is not a murderer.
    2) Ignorance is not an excuse in a court of law.If the law says do not sell without prescription, then no one should do so. The unfortunate fellow will be caught and punished and it could be anyone.
    3) For our country to grow, laws need to be executed…No sentiments.
    4) If Mr Nonso is an intern, who is he working under? Does he/ she have evidence to show that he was taught not to sell without prescription?
    Internship is part of his training as a pharmacist. Legally his preceptor is answerable to all his mistakes. This is why people are payed to precept and preceptors follow their orientees closely.
    Nonso should be set free because he is still in training.Those who are training him has a case to answer, not murder, but something else.
    This incident is a big lesson to all Nigerians.Respect our laws because they are meant to protect us.

  26. me

    September 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I believe someone, somewhere in Nigeria is buying same drug without a prescription! U can compare UK n US with Nigeria. Here(naija) the health care system isn’t mature enough ! Under the Dangerous Drug Act, flunitrazipam isn’t on the list. Nonso should be freed. This can happen to any Pharmacist(intern or licensed)I graduated with Nonso , he is so much of a well mannered young man that I pity him . It is certain he didn’t conspire with the murderers . The PSN has come out to tell the public that its a professional misconduct and should be handled as such. I eventually know he will be released but I sympathize with him cuz of the ordeal and opprobrium this has resulted to. RIP Cynthia.

  27. person

    September 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Unless I am mistaken, selling drugs without prescription is NOT a criminal offence in Nigeria. It is at best, a breach of professional ethics which is dealt with by the professional association, in this case the PCN. Let people stop talking about what they have no idea about. And no, I don’t know him.

  28. Idak

    September 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    the crux of the matter is that the laws around drug dispensing need to be overhauled and better enforced. A do was telling me how a hospital ran out of some major anaesthesia drug (i refuse to mention which). one of these ones that even anaesthetists handle with care. the type that can paralyse. They asked told the patient’s relatives the reason why the OP was being held up and patient’s relatives went to one of the major pharmacies in the city and returned with the drug,without doctor’s prescription.
    What are we even talking? folks are still buying diazepam (or any other benzodiazepine) over the counter in this country.

  29. Bruno

    September 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Nigerian Youths, should stand up and be more responsible, this case should, stand as a lesson to us all, who are we to judge, that mistake could well have been done by anyone of us, ignorance is no excuse to the Law, let’s learn our lesson and apply intelligence vigillance, and integrity in our daily dealings.
    Nonso, was my school mate, the best i can do is pray for his trial.

  30. bibi

    September 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I have a question y’all: is selling “postinol” (its a morning after pill to flush a foetus) a crime? Whether your answer is yes or no, wait 4 d next one. what if this postinol drug killed a girl or was used forcefully on her? Well u see d problem with our laws? Such drugs should not be sold over the counter without prescriptn and so are a host of other drugs including some u use. if he dint sell it, someone else will. Did he know what it was goin 2 b used for is the ethical question. So, shud dis youngman die bcos of this? let your mind think abt this and give a honest response, but remember in this case this drug has oda functions besides making ready victims for rape, so he cudnt av known except he was in on it.
    I remember wen I was young and hw I was sent 2 buy this postinol by an older person (married, tho). I had 2 repectfully obey but everythin within me thot diferntly. Do u know even as a teenager, it was sold 2 me without any questions! am not justifying mysef but so much for laws and child protection

  31. huh?

    September 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I couldn’t just help bt to laugh @St comment,sharing a yogurt together.What I understand is all this kind words that is profess about him.deal with the issue at hand and not all that one.Even Boko Haram are kind to their friends.am not saying he committed a crime anyway

  32. Me

    September 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I dont wanna attach emotions to this issue, but for clarity of doubt, the culprits said Nonso wasnt the one who sold the drugs they used on Late Cynthia to them. but they bought it from the pharmacy where he works. They said it even before, after and till now that Nonso is been detained in Ikoyi Prison. I basically took interest in this matter not because Nonso was my House mate at King’s College but because, he is one of those people you can trust with everything.
    On the issue of selling the sedative to the undercover police, he (Nonso) profiled him well to the best of his knowledge before selling and was sure the undercover police wont abuse the use of the drug. He also made a sales record of the 1card of drug in the Sales book of the Pharmacy. He then further advised the undercover police to see a doctor whom would give him a prescription note on what really might have been wrong with him. Those this mean he was professionally negligible.
    As I speak, I saw him where he is been detained and I can tell You that this young man is in high spirit and I know God will set him free from this our rotten police set up.
    Dont forget, that Nonso’s family was milked of some money but when they tried to draw more than he could give, then the police did some rubbish in the morning of 27/8/2012 and whisked him to Panti and off to Yaba Magistrate Court.
    We know the General would want to pull his retirement power but please let justice be done properly.

  33. Oma

    September 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Truth is petitions don’t work in Nigeria. He needs a good lawyer.
    http://lifethroughomaseyes.blogspot.com

  34. Superstar

    September 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I pray Nonso will be set.free of complicity by the Grace of God.Is it because the late Chintia Okogosu is the daughter of a Rtd Major General?How many people who are not well connected have been murdered in this Country.The Police cannot find their killers .The office of the DPP should read between the lines that Nonso was set up by the police after the act and commission of the crime,to make people beleive that they are doing a good job.

  35. Onyekachi

    September 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Nonso should not bear the responsibility for crimes commited by others. He is in no way involved with the murderers. The Pharmacists council has said that he cannot be held responsible so why are the police still keeping my poor friend in Ikoyi prison??? The statements by the pharmacists council was carried by almost all the newspapers, they were quick to arrest and parade him as a criminal but are slow in releasing him. What else does one have to say to get them to do the necessary? ?

  36. Adeola

    September 4, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Please BN, pardon my language and publish this. Bollocks 2all those talking about ethics n breaching jargon. This lip service and hypocrisy is making us forget some people are trying to spoil the promising future of one young man because of a mistake that is rooted in d establishment. He would not have sold it without prescription if the management had laid down n clear rules that have never been breached. I live on d Island and I’ve bought drugs for whatever…without prescription from top pharmacies.
    Besides, this is a clear lesson that the Nigerian Police isn’t your friend…never have,never will. Even if the pharmacy always ask for prescription,is it not possible that the young man would not think a policeman would be lying and give it to him?
    Was it Rophynol they used to drug Cynthia? Was it the same fellow that sold it to the killers? Did he know of their plans?
    Nonso’s story makes me sad…it could be any one of us under different circumstances and as for the fellow comparing this case to that of MJ’s doctor…I wish u could see the smirk on my face,all for u!

  37. konnie

    September 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

    More effort should be put into getting him a good defense team and of course pray for him.

    • patrick

      September 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      I would rather put more effort and money in getting a good lawyer than a pastor…

  38. Somebody

    September 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Get Ur facts right BellaNaija… They neva said the guy sold the drug to them, they just mention the place where he works as one of the places they get the drugs from. Not necessarily means they bought it from there or he was the one on duty when they bought it…

  39. Niyi

    September 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Would it have made his case worse if Nonso was not top of his class, or didn’t have any good friends? The story is unfortunate and quite emotional, but the facts are clear. An innocent lady was killed. The culprits have been apprehended. The seller of the “murder weapon” is in police custody. Its sad, but true, that most pharmacies in Nigeria do not request for prescriptions before selling drugs. It could have been anyone, but it happened to be Nonso. Its just a case of professional misconduct and not an accessory to murder as he is being brandished. My heart goes out to him and his loved ones, hopefully he will be back home soon, anything less will be injustice. As for his career as a pharmacist, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria will decide. And this should serve as an example to all other pharmacists (and pharmacy owners), because every one does something wrong, doesn’t make it right.

  40. Ogho

    September 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Oh please spare me, there is no law yet in Nigeria that states you cant buy drugs without prescription so he isnt liable. May cynthia’s soul rest in peace but please over zealous uniformed men shld stop trying to impress her Father. All sorts of drugs are sold in this country, i once asked a pharmacy for oxytocin to administer on my dog and volia it was produced, hw can such a drug be sold in a phamacy? Friends on Nonso, go to Keyamo or Falana for advice!!

  41. prince

    September 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

    what do you people expect? the father of the girls is an ex military officer the police will do anything foolish to prove they are working. if you want to follow law d police ought to come along with an arrest warrant to arrest him. there is no LAW in NIGERIA so the police should all stop acting like they are reasonable. RIP Cynthia but the innocent should not suffer. wondered if Cynthia’s father wasn’t a military officer and she was a child of a common man what will the police do (THE POLICE WILL SAY YOUR DAUGHTER IS A WAYWARD GIRL), the story would end silently. the guys would not be caught. if you(POLICE) are following the book follow it if you ain’t stop acting like you care. i might not be making sense but the story hurts. i am sure this case would have been reported before Cynthia’s case but the police didn’t do anything.
    come to think of it where in Nigeria do they ask for prescription

  42. debdara

    September 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

    The Nigerian police has come again. i can tell u that the people the police are parading are not the real murderers. The whole story is a plot and the Police should leave Nonso and they don’t even have a right to detain him. we are in Nigerai where a lot of drugs are sol over the counter, its even funny when police officers take weed and alcohol on duty. Incompetent and Corrupt Nigeria Police force

  43. debdara

    September 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    *Nigeria, sold

  44. aleesha

    September 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    the first time I came across rohypnol, it was described as the ‘date rape drug’. this was in a women’s magazine; and the article was talking about how it was effective in spiking drinks because it’s odorless and tasteless. Imagine my chagrin when I read that Cynthia’s killers had purchased the drug over the counter to administer to her. I didn’t know it was that readily available in these parts.. I was alarmed cos my thoughts were if this drug is easily available, then one has to be super careful. what’s my point?
    Nice straight A’s guy or not, it was highly irresponsible of Nonso to sell that drug knowing what It can be used for. He spent the last 5-6 years training as a pharmacist and I think its fair enough to expect that he would know its potential side effects/uses . It may well have been other circumstances: what if someone buys a drug which should have only been sold on prescription, even if it was for legitimate use and dies as a result, would the reactions on this blog have been different? what if Cynthia was your sister? While I understand that Nonso acted out of sympathy in selling the drug to the policeman, and that the sale of prescription drugs without a proper prescription is not a criminal offence in Nigeria, i think the issue is beyond ‘this is Nigeria where everything goes’ this incident should give us all pause. the law concerning prescription drugs and their sale should definitely be reviewed. If Cynthia had been a loved one, or if someone we know was drugged and raped would we still be cavalier about the incident? the law should take its course, and Nonso shouldn’t be detained unduly, but the fact that people are demanding his release simply because he’s a nice guy who graduated top of his class is ridiculous to me! we better be writing to the lawmakers and to make the sale of prescription drugs without a description criminal too!.

  45. stacy usoh

    September 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    We all make mistakes and I knw it was a gr8 mistake he made,but I knw him,he is not a Murderer and he is human….I pray God show him mercy

  46. Gabu

    September 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    It is a pity that he has to face this. This is an opener to all of us pharmacists. Sometimes we allow some things to pass even though they are wrong. I know he will get out of this. I reviewed the issue with a lawyer and he said as long as he was not a part of the gang, a good lawyer will get him out. I am also happy that PCN came out clear on this. Let all pharmacist stand to condemn the way the police is handling the matter and release the guy. He can later face the music with PCN

  47. Izebhokhae Stanley

    September 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Where are the Dino Melayes of this world, the Femi Falanas, the Tunde Bakares? The Obayabgons, (Igodomigodo) where are the Oshiomoles, the Umars and all the social media and broken record activists in this country, if it is not Goodluck or PDP nobody raises a voice? Where are those who are always weeping for Nigeria on social media? This is the time for out cry against the police…

  48. Dan

    September 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    What he needs is a good lawyer to find a way to tackle this on technical grounds and not eloquent contributions that take the case no where. Before the law he sure has questions to answer and that had better be the right ones to get him off the hook. If this is not handled properly all our testimonies of his good character would not prevent him from facing wrath of the law, this is as simple as ABC.

  49. Star

    September 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    It’s a pity the young girl lost her life that way. If this is true, my prayers will be with him. The Lord is able to let the truth shine as bright as the daylight! God backs up the truth no matter what!

  50. Moore

    January 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

    If that is the story of Nonso, then there is nothing to fear, no prosecutor can procure a murder conviction in this case. However instead of currying sympathy from the press, these friends should secure a good legal representation for him. Unfortunately I am based in Abuja, I wld have offered free legal representation, but I know that Lagos State bristles with a lot of good lawyers who offer pro bono services. Contact them.

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