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National Orientation Agency Honours 7 Police Officers involved in the Investigation of Cynthia Osokogu’s Murder



The sad murder of Cynthia Osokogu, a 24 year-old post-graduate student of Nasarawa State University and clothing retailer is something that would not be forgotten for a very long time.

Although her death was a huge loss to her family, friends and indeed the entire nation, it stirred up a reawakening on the dangers of trusting people met via social media without caution. Also, the swift arrest and court trial of her killers and other culprits involved in her murder brought some form of relief to many.

The action of the Police was lauded by the National Orientation Agency, who yesterday rewarded seven Police Officers involved in her case. The Agency gave the officers the ‘NOA Civic Recognition Award’ for their excellent performance in investigating and arresting Cynthia’s killers.

The seven officers are ACP Damien Okoro, the Area Commander ‘Festac’, DSP Imoh Gregory, WASP Agbaje Yakubu, Inspector Edo Joseph,  and Sergeant Frank Okorobon all of Area ‘E’ Festac, Lagos. Two female officers, Sergeant Patience Biokoro  and ASP Mariam Ogunmolasuyi also received the award.

A lot of people are quick to say that Nigerians are bad when something goes wrong but when good things are done or patriotic feats are achieved, nobody bothers to say well done or thank you.

“The whole nation was gripped with anger, fear and rage when this ugly, unfortunate incident occurred. These patriotic officers stuck out their necks to unravel the mystery. What you did restored Nigeria to the rest of the civilized world. You also restored some sort of succour to the family by arresting those that committed the dastardly act. We also thank the IGP for providing the enabling environment for you to do the job.

“When people are making such efforts, you must tell them they are doing well. It is for this reason we are recognizing you,” Vanguard quoted the Director General, NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri as saying.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar who was present when the awards were given commended the NOA for the honour and consequently directed the immediate elevation of  some of the Officers. Sergeant Patience Biokoro and Sergeant Frank Okorobon were promoted to the rank of Inspector while Inspector Edo Joseph is to proceed on promotion course to ASP.

In your opinion, did they deserve the awards?

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


  1. practicalgirl

    September 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Well done and thank you

  2. brandigest

    September 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Sop this is a major achievement for our Police

  3. Victor abu

    September 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    National honour for doing their job? U gotta be kidding. Hahahaha
    naija no go kill person o

  4. Victor abu

    September 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    U gota b kidding me. National honour for what? For doing their job .hahaha

  5. Gimmer

    September 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Crap. The only reason they went above nd beyond on th case was cos of Cynthia ‘s dad connection. Shio…..there are till several unsolved missing peron cases in Nigeria and no one is doing jack about it cos there is nothing in it for them.

  6. rew

    September 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Honoring them for doing exactly what they are paid for??

  7. anonymous

    September 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Yah right? Receiving awards due to d death of someone! Abeg abeg abegi, rubbish!

  8. Just me

    September 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Not to sound negative but this is just another homicide case.. It’s the job of the police to find the bad guys.. Why are they being rewarded for doing their job??? ohh, i know the answer, its because they don’t ever do their jobs and now this people who did their job are considered “heros”. seriously?? Anywho Nigeria has a long way to go.. I’m sorry to say that.. Reading this post actually pissed me off..

  9. adesoro olumide peter

    September 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm


  10. Bimpe

    September 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    This is cray! But I thought they sed it was the CCTV at the hotel that caught them, therefore it was an easy investigation. Hopefully the awards will motivate them to work harder. The Cynthia case created a lot of awareness anyway

  11. Victor abu

    September 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I think the problem in this country is that we celebrate mediocrity,we are glorify mediocre exploits and it makes those who are supposed to be working effortlessly to retain their positions in their various gov’t offices to gloat in their mediocre achievements rather than work hard.

    • JJ

      September 23, 2012 at 5:10 am

      Thank you Victor. Lazy and dull human beings! Thank God they got off their uninspired, bony, & black ya*sh to do their job. Anyway, what about the girl who was gang-raped by 5 guys in Abia State Uni? What have they done to arrest those bastards? I bet she is the daughter of a “nobody” so she’s not worth their time. People are being raped, kidnapped, robbed, and killed everyday in that country but no one cares! They will honor another set of police officers when they are investigate the case of an important Nigeria citizen while the rest, the poor Nigerians, will be ignored as usual.

  12. Fola

    September 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Ugo Ozuah went to Kings College, Lagos and UI. He got married last week Saturday – 9/15/2012 in a big ceremony in Lagos. He was shot by the Nigerian Police 5 days later in front of the UPS office on the Gbagada Express as he and his friend were flagging down a taxi cab. The police pickup pulled up and shot Ugo twice in his chest at close range as the bullet came out his back. He was not resisting arrest, he was not arguing with the police, he was not asked to identify himself, he just stood with a friend. These policemen in uniform were drunk, IG of police has said they were not his boys. I guess he saw them from his Abuja office. We may not get justice for Ugo but please keep broadcasting till someone listens and takes action. It may be your brother, sister, friend, child, parent etc tomorrow God forbid. But there has to be a process for the Police force. If they suspected Ugo he could have been shot in the leg, he should have been asked to identify himself. Not killed like an animal and left to die. Thank you and God bless

  13. EUCK

    September 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    “These patriotic officers stuck out their necks to unravel the mystery. ” Are you bleeping kidding me???!!! THEY DID THEIR JOBS!!!! Smh in shame for this country! Aaarrrrggghhh!!!!!

  14. MEE

    September 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Sigh! I jst read about d Ugo guy,n I jst culdnt look at his wedding pix dt was attached to d post. N dis award ish,may God help us sha,I agree wit dos who said awarding dem was unecessary.i jus tire for Naija sha.

  15. Emejuru Azundah

    September 23, 2012 at 2:18 am

    The case of ugo is a very pathetic one, only goes to show reckless the nigerian police force is, I feel very sad for my nation. May God grant his family succour in this trying time. Pls let’s broadcast the above story on bbm and other social sites so that the offenders of such henious crime can be made to face justice.

  16. Majority

    September 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

    If the police men caught the preparators of cythia’s deat,[email protected] gud. I also bliv they succeeded peharps her father may hv deposited some threatening in case they “play games in investigating” aslo,perharps they were bathed wt fear of wht may happen to them,consequently,dey did all dey cud to apprehend them doh wt CCTV records. [email protected] only shud nt magnet such Award EXCEPT in previous cases th said officers hv bin up and doing in their job. God help Nigeria

  17. Mississipi

    September 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    dis gotta be d most disgustin, annoyin nd heart shattering post i’ve read dis month…..dis so calld-heroes simply got some guyz nd chargd 2 court, what happens if dey’re nt guilty, 4 christ’s sake, d case has’nt even been solvd yet nd u’re honourin some publicity-huntin braggarts….i give up!……Gawd!!!

  18. papa

    October 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

    ….its a free world, ppl hav the right to free expression. Most of u guys hav forgotten the pain of the her immediate family, by arrestn these ppl, there is the hop they mine or ur sis will not be the nxt victim.There were so many killins in the country, but her own was kind of different. All over the world, workers are rewarded for doin there jobs well, and i bliev that with all the problems of the police, a little pat in the back would do no harm.

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