On July 22, my daughter Cynthia called me and said that she had arrived Lagos. She was a student of Nasarawa State University in Keffi. She owned a boutique, which she opened when she was a third year undergraduate. They usually brought her goods imported from the United States, but that fateful July 22, she told me that they were bringing her goods from England. She said this time; she wanted to buy English goods to add to her other goods. She told me that since school would be resuming the next day, she would take the next flight to Jos to see me. As she did not arrive as she promised and we did not hear from her, I called her number and it wasn’t going. At the time I called my husband who lives in Abuja and my senior son to intimate them of what as happening and then went to the police to complain. But when we called the number again, it started ringing and someone picked it up and said she would come back; that we couldn’t speak with her because she was in the hospital. They told me she was in Symbol hospital in Benin. It turned out to be a fake hospital. Then when we called again, they said they had kidnapped her and demanded for N20million. They sent me a fake account number. I told them that you people said we should send N20 million but the account number they sent to me was a fake one. Not until two weeks later they now told me that I should not bother to call again, that she had been killed. It was after this that I declared her missing. Then on Monday, August 20, they said we should come to Lagos and that they cannot disclose anything unless we come. It was when my son got to Lagos and they took him to the mortuary that they saw her corpse. I don’t know anything that happened again after that.
Mrs. Osokogu said the suspects in Cynthia’s death told her daughter when they received her at the airport at the Lagos that her goods were in the hotel room and that they wanted to show her there. “When they got there, they strangled her to death, tied her mouth and everything. That was all”, she wailed.
Cynthia’s father – Major General Frank Osokogu said the following about his daughter’s death
Even though I have lost a daughter, her loss might not be in vain because there are lessons other people need to learn from this unfortunate incident. I believe it is stupid for somebody to travel to go and meet people that he or she had not known because you have been chatting with them on social media. I strongly believe that adventure is too risky. You should know people before you begin to visit them. Students especially have a big lesson to learn from this
Cynthia Osokogu will be buried on the 7th of September at Bebe, Ovia Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State. May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen