Saturday, 8 September 2012
Police Detains Cynthia Osokogu’s Body...Family Holds Ceremonial Burial
Hundreds of sympathizers across the country, who turned up on yesterday for the burial of Miss Cynthia Udoka Osokogu, were disappointed as her remains did not arrive at the family house in Boji-Boji Owa, Delta State as scheduled.
Interment of her body was postponed till further notice despite the fact that the family had prepared the grave and requiem mass for the repose of her soul took place at Saint Dominic Catholic Church in the town,
Explaining the circumstances surrounding the absence of the corpse, father of the deceased, Major General Frank Osokogu (rtd.) said the interment could not take place following the advice of the team of police and medicals, which came from Lagos to the family in the early hours of Thursday.
He said the family was reminded that the case involving their daughter is still in court.
According to him, as soon as the legal and medical processes were through, her corpse would be released to the family for burial.
Earlier, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State had paid the Osokogus a condolence visit as early as 9.00am where he described the death of Cynthia as tragic and painful.
Accompanied by his wife, Roli, Uduaghan lamented the girl’s death at the hands of criminals, adding that what happened to her could happen to anybody.
The governor, while appraising the good of social media to advance the society, regretted that some people are using it to perpetuate criminality.
He conveyed the sympathy of government and people of Delta State to the family and wished God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
In his reaction, the traditional ruler of Owa Kingdom, HRM, Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor said the killers of Cynthia had murdered sleep, progress and development.
The action of the internet criminals, the monarch stated, was a deliberate attempt at destroying the country’s image as well as an attack on the effort of President Goodluck Jonathan and governors to bring peace to Nigeria.
In his homily at the requiem mass, Rev Fr. Leonard Biachi admonished Nigerians to turn a new leaf and shun sinful ways of life.
According to him, what happened to Cynthia was an indication that the society was not okay, adding that “we all have responsibilities to rebuild, redefine and sanitise our society,” even as he urged all to forgive one another.