The police in Lagos state, western Nigeria refused to release the corpse of Cynthia Osokogu, the Facebook girl murdered by suspected kidnappers in a hotel in Lagos, to her parents for burial in her hometown today.
According to sources, the police had planned to do an autopsy on the body yesterday at the Ikeja General Hospital morgue. Police Commissioner Umaru Manko told P.M.News that the pathologist did not complete the autopsy and hence the decision not to release Cynthia’s body for burial. It was not clear whether the autopsy delayed the release of the body. One source said the police needed to conclude the autopsy since the report is vital to the trial of the suspects, who had confessed killing the girl.
Cynthia’s burial which was scheduled hold in Agbor, Delta State, south-south Nigeria, had to be delayed when the remains of the deceased did not arrive Agbor, her home town, as expected.
A decision was later made by the family to give her a ceremonial burial.
At the ceremony on Friday, the elder brother of Cynthia , Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Uchechukwu Osokogu on Friday wept bitterly as he recaptured the life of his murdered sister, Cynthia, who was killed by her Facebook in a horrific circumstances recently.
He described her as a good girl saying she was the family’s pet girl who needed no illegal means or over ambitious thoughts to live a good life.
“She was only doing what other girls do and fell into a wrong hand”, Kenneth said.
Flt Lt Kenneth was eulogising the virtues of the murdered undergraduate as a memorial service was held in her honour. The ceremonial burial was held at the family residence in Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said: “She was the closest person to me. When we came on holidays during Christmas, New Year or burial ceremonies, she slept here in the second room,” he said pointing to a window at a corner.
“She didn’t tell me she was going to Lagos for business. But she was a good girl. She was smart and intelligent and she was in her business for long to know where to get goods. She just did what most normal girls do but fell into the wrong hands,” Kenneth said.
Kenneth claimed Cynthia was well brought up and was disciplined as a young girl so well taken care of by the entire family: “She had monthly allocation from her father and me. She had her own business and did not need money. She was comfortable”. He said she only did what many young girls do but fell into a wrong hand.
The Air Force man claimed it was him that went to Lagos to identify Cynthia’s body.
“The police told me, according to confessions made by the suspects that she had been talking to them for four months. They told her they were in the same business, that they were retailers and would sell her goods at cheaper price.
“You know we have a relation in the United States who often sent her goods and these people told her they had the same goods and will sell at cheaper price. She believed them,” Kenneth recaptured with tears strolling down his face.
The burial service was attended by friends and immediate family members of the deceased.
Cynthia’s immediate elder brother, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Williams Ehiedu Osokogu, described her sister as a loving and a caring lady.
Cynthia was the last born and only daughter of a family of four. Her parent’s second born, Tony Azubike Osokogu, lives in Greece.
“How do we get another sister now,” Williams Osokogu asked with tearful eyes.
Born on 10 November, 1987 in Agbor town, Cynthia started schooling at the Command Children School, Ilorin and moved to the Command Secondary School, Jos from 1997 to 2004.
She secured admission into the Nasarawa State University, Keffi between 2005 and 2009 and went for her National Youth Service Corps. She finished in 2010.
She was a graduate of English Language at the Nasarawa State University and was pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration while running a boutique – Dress Code in Keffi, the Nassarawa State capital at the same time.
24-year old Cynthia was murdered on 22 July in Lagos State by supposed friends she met via social media.
Use social media for development
The Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan condemned the use of social media to commit crime instead of using it as a means of development.
The governor, who was accompanied by his wife, Roli at the young girl’s burial said this when he visited the family of Frank Osokogu to condole them over the tragic death of their daughter, Cynthia.
He said the social media has been used to promote growth and development in the developed societies and lamented that some Nigerians were exploiting it negatively.
Senator Ifeanyi Okonwa and the Obi of Owa, Emmanuel Efezomor 11 and others attended the ceremonial burial.
Sources: channelstvnews and pmnews