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Cynthia Osokogu is Laid to Rest | Emerging Stories & Lessons Learnt from her Sad Demise

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The tragic murder of 24 Year Old Cynthia Osokogu, a post-graduate student of Nasarawa State University and a clothing retailer who was killed in Lagos has continued to yield various twists.

The lovely Miss Cynthia was murdered in Lagos on July 22, 2012 and since then, various stories, arrests and lessons have emerged from her death.

Emerging Stories from Cynthia’s death

The first was the arrest of her killers who surprisingly were two undergraduates, her Facebook friends who lured her into Lagos under the pretence of helping her buy cheap goods for her boutique. Okwuoma Echezona Nwabufo (Age 33) and Ezekiel Odera Olisa (Age 23) are currently facing trial for murder in court.

Soon after her death, her family told the media that Cynthia’s killers had demanded N20 million ransom from the family. Her father, Flt- Lt. Kenneth Osokogu said her killers sent a text message to his son demanding that he paid N20million into an account which did not exist.

As if that wasn’t enough, 3 more victims emerged following the parade of her alleged killers. They claimed that that they had also been lured, drugged and raped by the two men but were lucky to escape with their lives.

To corraborate their story, policemen attached to the Area E Division of the Lagos State Police Command said they discovered nude photos of Cynthia and that of many other girls in a laptop belonging to Nwabufor Okwuomo, the man who lured Cynthia to Lagos and murdered her. The laptop is also said to contain over 50 nude photographs of female victims who have fallen prey to the suspect. The police said some of the photographs showed girls beaten up, tied with rope, their mouths covered with cello-tape with objects inserted in their private part. Cynthia’s naked photographs which were taken after she was drugged and unconscious also showed bites and wounds inflicted all over her.

And in another twist, her Blackberry phone was reportedly found with a Port Harcourt based business man who said he bought the phone from a friend in Lagos.

News stories also emerged that the police had arrested two pharmacists who had allegedly sold the drugs that were used to subdue Cynthia. Friends of Nonso Maduakor, one of the pharmacists have written to vouch for his honor and to testify that he’s a credible person and he has been wrongfully charged.

Still relating to Cynthia’s sad demise, the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) announced today that it plans to file formal charges against the management of Cosmilla Hotel, the hotel where Cynthia Osokogu was murdered on July 22nd. The Director General, Segun Reunsewe noted that the hotel was operating illegally because it was not registered with them.

Lessons Learnt
While her death still remains a sad and irreplaceable loss to her friends and family, it has brought about a reawakening of people’s often false sense of comfort when relating to people met via social media.

Also, it is undeniable that it would probably have been more difficult for the police to arrest the suspects without the CCTV mounted by the hotel’s management. Her killers were arrested a few days after her death with the help of the cameras installed on the hotel’s premises.

Her phone which was found in the hands of a Port Harcourt based business man also revived people’s consciousness on the dangers of buying used phones which could be stolen.

Cynthia Osokogu will be buried tomorrow in Delta state. And as her friends, family members and neighbors gathered last night at the St Morumba Catholic Church, Jos, the touching testimony given by Mr.  Ralph Monye on behalf of her family has left a sore spot in the hearts of many.

“But as friends and relations, I will tell you not to weep for Cynthia; you rather weep for her killers because they have committed crime that cannot be compounded. In law, it means it cannot be settled amicably with the killers. I wonder how God almighty will forgive them, but I wish God forgives them” he said.

May Cynthia’s gentle soul rest in peace.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

50 Comments

  1. Lee

    September 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    May her soul rest in peace *sad*

  2. R

    September 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    A tragedy. The horrors that the victims went through, unimaginable. May God comfort her family and loved ones

  3. Jonny joe chimzi

    September 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Very sad

  4. Tobechi

    September 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I have no words. RIP.

  5. Manex Nimbason

    September 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Tragic and wholesomely unimaginable,BUT a tasty food 4 thought. Ladies, watch it! Dnt jst get 2 friendly in d bastard name of Social Network. Use it WISELY

  6. moi

    September 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    This sounds like something from the tv series”criminal minds” May God help us…

  7. nwando

    September 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Rest in peace Cynthia. May God comfort her family and friends.

  8. Turn turn turner

    September 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    ‘Criminal Minds’…sigh…

  9. Gennyz # 1 Fan!!!!

    September 7, 2012 at 12:27 am

    And Law & Order SVU…

  10. Tess

    September 7, 2012 at 12:52 am

    The heart of man is desperately wicked…the stuff we read about psychopaths in the western world is happening in our own Nigeria! Dear friends lets be careful with the friends we make, you cannot tell an evil person by their looks, most times they look very convincing and angelic. May Cynthia’s gentle soul rest in peace, away from the evil & pretense of this sad world. May God console her heartbroken parents and loved ones,amen.

  11. NNENNE

    September 7, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Goodnight Cynthia! Rest in peace!

  12. abby

    September 7, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Rip cynthia…a big lesson for all of us…nt jst pple on social networks we shouldnt trust,bt evrybodi out dr we dont knw! We ladies shouldnt jst enta a lift jst becos d driver looks nd sound nyc nd d car is on point,we shouldnt jst travel to go nd c a guy in anoda state in d name of gettin to knw im beta or kus of d moni he wud giv u wen goin bak! A whole lot of unreportd cases of such inhuman treatment has occurd…we gals should b WISE…its a leson 4 us al includin me…NEVA GT TOO COMFORTABLE WIT A STRANGER!

  13. onakachi.blogspot.com

    September 7, 2012 at 2:12 am

    So sad. May her soul rest in peace.

  14. iamfascinating

    September 7, 2012 at 2:45 am

    so sad.RIP. The heart of man is desperately wicked. may God keep us all, in Jesus name, Amen.

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  15. coper

    September 7, 2012 at 3:18 am

    may her soul rest in peace. ladies please be careful. dont hook up with strangers. please be careful.

  16. curious

    September 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Lessons learnt is don’t use social media to communicate with strangers and decide u trust them enought to go meet them for some business venture. That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard and am sorry to say a dumb death and senseless death. Although this has no relation to online dating this same advice go to all u desperados who think u might get lucky with online dating. Once again all this online bullshyt is dumb esp if u don’t know the person, never met them before nor have any friend in common.Bye bye to this young girl. Can’t say RIP. Next time u come on earth be smarter and pray more for holy spirit to lead or guide u

  17. sweetie

    September 7, 2012 at 3:32 am

    This is incredibly sad …how can people be so extremely evil and satanic… Cythnia RIP beautiful girl

    • yolanda alvarado

      September 29, 2012 at 3:51 am

      It’s too bad others did not do the right thing and report these two to the authorities. I blame them just as much as I do the ones that actually did the murder. If they had report it, then I am sure Cynthia would be alive today. Everyone just think about what you do or not do will be like a ripple in a pond it emerges on and on affecting others ripples in a pond.

  18. Love

    September 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Wow! This is some pretty sick stuff! To think that there are many more men like this out there looking for more victims is even scarier. May her soul rest in peace, and may God console her family and loved ones and bring healing to the other victims.

  19. Kemisola

    September 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Rest in peace Cynthis, may the good Lord comfort your family.

  20. Tinaa

    September 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Such beauty jst went down d drain… God, may her soul rest in peace!! Dis is a big lesson 2 everybody!

  21. naijasportsgists

    September 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    RIP Cynthia. As for NTDC, they are just cashing in on the opportunity. How many hotels in Nigeria are so registered?
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  22. walahitalahi

    September 7, 2012 at 8:53 am

    no mind them jare.

  23. i wonder she wasn't beautiful

    September 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good bye cynthia

  24. shayshay

    September 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Rest in Peace dear Lady. These killers if not discovered (and even still), will be married someday with children< to think that one could possibly be dating or even be married to a man with such past or even potential future. I am shaken!

    • jennietobbie

      September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      sad! cold. Future husbands and fathers… I can’t

  25. dammy

    September 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

    just shout of words ooooo.Rip girl.

  26. dammy

    September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

    short of words oooo.rest in peace oooo

  27. Ochuko

    September 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

    na wa o, what a loss…….i dunno y they r evn in court, the killers deserve immediate sentencing to DEATH by ELECTROCUTION and incertion of things in their private parts as well, they shuld put them through the pain they av put their victims thru as well……….May Cynthia’s Soul keep resting.

  28. Trendysturvs

    September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

  29. roselyn orim

    September 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    am short of words my concern now is i hop she made up with christ for her to realy rest in peace.this is also a lesson to every one out there always commit anything,that comes your way into Gods hand its so sad

  30. dobis

    September 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

    u can imagine wat d devil itself can do wen humans commit such heinous horros; & d worst is dat humans seem 2 willing work wit d devil wit all pleasure, & they dare say ‘its d devil’s handiwork’ wen caught! Lord hv mercy!

  31. Ify

    September 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

    RIP Cynthia…open ur eyes ladies n dnt be too carried away!

  32. Popular

    September 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

    God indeed is patient with us, Adieu Cynthia

  33. Jun

    September 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Wen piple die out of careleSsness, I feel so bad especially for their deeply hurtin loved ones!
    Nothing can comfort a parent in such circumstance only God.RIP Cynthia

  34. brandigest

    September 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    As she is been laid to rest hope the lessons are not laid to rest too. RIP fine girl
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  35. kem

    September 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    i really feel sad for her killers….and i only pray that their sins will be upon them only and not upon their innocent generation….. “The evil that men do” i dnt want to sound spiritaul but her soul might come in another flesh and haunt them xcept they intend not having anything to do with any female in their lives……sad

  36. faith

    September 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    rip dear C….

  37. dj phrainy henry

    September 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    So sad to hear such a story!rip our beloved sister! May your gently soul rest @ de bosom of our lord jesus Christ! Amen we’ll miss you as we are already missing you

  38. Rukky Jabin Olori

    September 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Rest in peace pretty one.

  39. Oma

    September 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  40. cathy

    September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    we should learn from this

  41. jennietobbie

    September 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    “Women relinquish all personal rights in the presence of a man who could be considered a rapist, especially if he has been considered a friend…coz the nature of rape has changed, we can now meet them in circles we frequent for companionship, we see them at coffeehouse, with someone we know, we cud even have em over for dinner and get raped in our own houses by invitation. Bein betrayed by men who know us and expect like the stranger we always thought was coming, we always thought it wud b, who never show up.”

    Rest in heaven, Cynthia Osokogu! It’s a COLD world out there!!

  42. GTO

    September 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Make a difference, no matter how small.

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  43. chei

    September 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    go to linda ikeji to read a bbm between a university student and her prospective client she has never met and getting ready to go F***. I mean am not surprised. With nigeria being the world most materialistic nation where everyone is finding moneyt o buy phone shoes, bags brazilian hair, this heffas dont have a choice but to open their legs for justk 70K – Lessons Learnt – dO NOT GO MEET ANYONE OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE – EVEN IF FOR BUSINESS VENTURE (MORAL OR IMMORAL – LEGAL OR ILLLEGAL). ITS NOT SAFE

  44. Greataustin

    September 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I cry 4 all of them, may their soul rest in peace.

  45. timma

    September 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Hmmm!may she rest in peace,those guys are serial rapists and killers and more like them are abound,Please,let’s all be careful

  46. OSA

    September 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    RIP. You were a gentle and good person.

  47. Gidz

    September 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

    RIP Cynthia, your family might have loved you but God loves you more.

  48. yolanda alvarado

    September 29, 2012 at 3:43 am

    This types of thing happen and will continue to happen, because coward do not stand up and point their finger toward manic like these two. It only takes one brave soul to stand up and others will follow. Someone should of stop the ball from bouncing. This woman murder in on everone head that fail to do what is right. Report these two to the police department.

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