The family of the murdered lady may have to postpone her burial

The family of Cynthia Osokogu, the girl that was recently murdered in a hotel in Lagos by friends she made on Facebook, will have to postpone the funeral slated for September 8 as an autopsy is yet to be concluded.

The body is still with the state’s Chief Pathologist, John Obafunwa, who is conducting a post mortem at the LASUTH morgue. Sources at the hospital say the autopsy is not even likely to finish in the next 24 hours. It is not yet clear what has delayed the autopsy.

The state’s Police Commissioner, Umaru Manko, said the autopsy results were vital to the prosecution against the alleged killers.

The 24-year old was murdered on 22 July in Lagos after the suspects drugged and raped her. She was a graduate of English Language and was pursuing a Master?s degree in Public Administration after resigning from telecoms giant, MTN.

Her eldest brother, Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Uchechukwu Osokogu, described her as a good girl. “She was the closest person to me,” he said. “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. She had a 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, 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.”

The deceased’s immediate elder brother, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Williams Osokogu, also described her sister as a loving and a caring lady.

Cynthia was the last born and only daughter of a family of four. “How do we get another sister now?” said Williams, tears tricking down his cheeks.

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