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Friday, September 7, 2012

Police Seize Cynthia’s Corpse In Lagos- Burial Ceremony Takes Place Without Her Body

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

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
said 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 for
today 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.

P.M.NEWS gathered from retired Major
General Frank Nwafor Osokogu, father of
the deceased, that the police were yet to
release the corpse for burial.

The 24-year old was murdered on 22 July
in Lagos State by friends she met on the

She was a graduate of English Language at
Nasarawa State University and was
pursuing a Master’s degree in Public
Administration in the same institution after
resigning from MTN.

A ceremonial burial was performed at the
family residence in Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North
Local Government Area of Delta State after a
requiem mass.

The Governor of Delta State, Mr. Emmanuel
Uduagan condoled with the Osokogus
today and called on the police to conclude
investigation quickly and bring the culprits
to book.

Senator Ifeanyi Okonwa and the Obi of
Owa, Emmanuel Efezomor 11 and others
attended the ceremonial burial.

Friends of Cynthia with her picture on their
black shirts wept uncontrollably at the

Cynthia was born on 10 November, 1987 in
Agbor town.

She 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 opened a boutique, ‘Dress Code,’ in
2007 and was doing a post graduate
course at the Nasarawa State University
before she was lured to Lagos by
suspected kidnappers and killed.

Her eldest brother, Flight Lieutenant
Kenneth Uchechukwu Osokogu, 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,” Kenneth said as
he pointed to a room with Cynthia’s
obituary portrait now on the bedroom’s

“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,” he said.

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

“I am the one that went to Lagos to
identify her body. The police told me,
according to confessions made by the
suspects, 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 said.

Cynthia’s immediate elder brother, an
Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Mr.
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, Mr. Tony Azubike Osokogu,
lives in Greece.
“How do we get another sister now,”
Williams Osokogu asked, tears tricking
down his cheeks.

Mother of the deceased, Chief Mrs. Joy-Rita
Nkem Osokogu, wore a sombre mood. She
was being consoled by women who came
from far and near.


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