How do we get another sister now – Cynthia’s brothers

The three brothers of the late Cynthia Osokogu on Friday eulogised the virtues of their murdered sister in a ceremonial burial at the family residence in Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Uchechukwu Osokogu, Cynthia’s eldest brother, described her as a good girl.

“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.

“She had monthly allocation from her father and me. She had her own business and did not need money. She was comfortable.

“I am the one that went to Lagos to identify her 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,” he said.

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, 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.

Cynthia to be buried on Sept. 7 – family

Cynthia Osokogu, the victim of an Internet dating transaction, will be buried on September 7 at Bebe, Ovia Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, a family source said on Monday.

Late Cynthia’s mother, Joy Osokogu, who announced the date  in Jos, advised youths to be very cautious of making friends with people that they do not know.

Cynthia, a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, was allegedly killed by friends she met on the social media, Facebook, at a hotel in Festac, Lagos in July.

The suspected killers of the young woman allegedly lured her to Lagos on a phoney business deal and killed her in a hotel room.

“The youths should be very careful, especially when they are making friends in the social media. Like we have seen in the case of my daughter, such friends may have ulterior motives,” she said.

She described her deceased daughter as “very industrious, hard working and a respectful child.”

She added, “She was my daughter, my friend and my sister. Her memory will never be forgotten because she touched so many lives positively in her short stay on earth.”

Mrs Osokogu said Cynthia’s killers had demanded N20 million ransom from the family.

“The killers of my daughter demanded a ransom of N20 million from my son, Flt- Lt. Kenneth Osokogu,” she said.

She said the killers sent her son, who is in Makurdi, a text message, demanding that he pay N20 million into an account which did not exist.

“The killers were not picking our calls; they only communicated to us via text messages.

“When my son got their SMS, he later replied them that the account number was fake and didn’t exist.

“He sent another message in which he said that if it was a case of kidnapping, he would like to speak with his sister before making any payment but the killers did not respond,” Mrs Osokogu said.

She said, however, that when she spoke with the suspected killers, they did not ask her for any money.

Mrs Osokogu said she spoke last with Cynthia on July 22, when she called to say that she was travelling to Lagos to get her goods.

“But the next day, I didn’t hear from her. When I tried to reach her, all her phones were switched off.

“After one week, the phones started ringing but no one was picking.

“Few days later, people I believe to be the killers, called and said that my daughter was in one Symbol Hospital in Lagos.

“I called the police I had earlier reported the case to, to go and verify if she was in the hospital, they said there was no hospital like that.

“After a while, I called the number and told them I wanted to speak with her but they said that it was not possible.

“When I asked why, they said she would come back but that I wouldn’t speak with her.

“When I called the number again, they said they had killed her and that was when we declared Cynthia missing,” Mrs Osokogu said.

The police in Lagos on Monday arraigned four persons suspected to be connected to the death of Cynthia.

Police arraign four persons over Cynthia’s murder

Four suspects were on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Magistrate Court for killing 24-year old Cynthia Osokogu, who they met on social media platform.

The suspects, Okwumo Nwabufo,  Ezeike Olisaeloka, Orji Osita and Maduakor Chukwunonso,  are standing trial on an eight-count of felony, conspiracy, robbery and murder.

Their charge sheet states that the suspects killed the deceased by administering her with Rohypnol Flunitrapezam, binding, torturing, and strangling her.

It also adds that the suspects, along with some others at large, raped and robbed the deceased of valuables that included an international passport, a mobile phone, shoes, bags, wristwatches and jewellery.

The first and second defendants, Okwumo and Ezike, had earlier been paraded by the state police command, where they admitted to luring Cynthia to Lagos via facebook.

They also admitted to drugging, binding, assaulting and killing her.

At the sitting, Magistrate P. Adekomaiya asked the Police Prosecutor, Chukwu Agwu, to forward the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutors (DPP).

Mr Adekomaiya adjourned the case to October 3, 2012 for mention, pending the advice of the DPP.

UNILAG disowns alleged Facebook killer

Meanwhile the management of University of Lagos has disowned media reports identifying one of the suspects in the murder of Cynthia Osokogu, as a 300 level Accounting Student of its distance learning institute.

In a statement on Monday, the university authorities stated that since the news of the alleged involvement of Okwoma Nwabufor in Cynthia’s murder broke; it has conducted an evaluation of students’ records and found the suspect’s claim of being a student of UNILAG untrue.

The management of the institution is therefore asking all media organizations to note this fact and disregard the claim of the suspect, Mr. Nwabufor associating him with the University of Lagos in any way.

Cynthia’s killers demanded N20million – Parents

The Mother of the late Cynthia Osokogu, who was murdered by her Facebook friends, Mrs Joyrita Osokogu, has said that the killers of her daughter earlier demanded N20million from her.

She disclosed this at the ECWA Staff new GRA home at Farin-Gada area of Jos in an interview with journalists.

Narrating the ordeal that warranted the ransom, the mournful mother stated that “on Sunday July 22nd, she (late Cynthia) called me to tell me that she had arrived Lagos to collect some goods that had just arrived from overseas and promised to come and see me immediately she arrived from Lagos.”

She further explained that when she did not call back on the day she was supposed to arrive, “I called her number and it wasn’t going…I went to the police to complain… when we called the number again…someone picked it up and… told me she was in Symbol hospital in Benin which turned out to be a fake hospital.”

“They said they had kidnapped her and demanded for N20million with a fake account number.”

She stated that the kidnappers got back in touch with the family after a fortnight to inform them of the killing.

“Two weeks later they told me that I should not bother to call again, that she had been killed…it was after this that I declared her missing” she said.

Meanwhile, Major General Frank Osokogu (rtd), father of the late Cynthia Osokogu, said that the death of his daughter has not been in vain.

The retired general, who disclosed this while addressing journalists, said “Cynthia’s death serves as a caution to youths who get to know friends on social media and venture to meet them.”

Describing the daughter’s action as an adventure which became too costly, Osokwu asked youths to be watchful over what they do on the social media platforms.

The late Cynthia attended Command Secondary School, Jos where she won many laurels and she graduated from Nassarawa State University, from the Department of English Education at the age of 21.