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
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
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