25 August 2012

Nigeria: Father of Slain Cynthia Warns Youths Over Social Media Relationship

Jos — The father of slain youth, Major General Frank Osokogu (rtd), said yesterday that the death of his daughter has not been in vain as it serves as a caution to youths who get to know friends on social media and venture to meet them.

This was what CYnthia did and has had to pay for it, Osokogu who addressed newsmen in Jos yesterday said. Cynthia was reportedly lured to Lagos by friends she met on Facebook, only for them to drug and beat her to death. Describing the daughter's action as an adventure which became too costly, Osokwu asked youths to be watchful over what they do in social media.

Also speaking at their ECWA Staff new GRA home at Farin-Gada area of Jos, Cynthia's mother, Chief (Mrs.) Joyrita Osokogu disclosed that she had some worry because the daughter was too fast in life and accomplished so much in her young age that she had to caution her on the need to settle down in marriage.

"My daughter had been very wonderful, intelligent and daring," Mrs Osokogu said.

She said Cynthia's death was devastating, illogical and incomprehensible, adding that though vengeance belongs to God, those responsible for her death should be punished.

She said Cynthia was a very intelligent girl who was not playing pranks but was full of life and had a promising future.

The late Cynthia attended Command Secondary School, Jos where she won many laurels and she graduated from Nassarawa State University at the age of 21. She read English Education.

She was Miss NYSC Batch 'B' 2010. She was a runner-up in Miss Nigeria 2010.

She was doing Public Administration in her Master's programme and just finished her exam before she met her death.

She was working with the MTN call centre in Jos before the office was declared closed down earlier this month.

Both parents confirmed they did not know about their daughter's death on time as her killers took her phone and kept telling them that she was in a hospital which turned out to be a lie.

Her killers eventually told the family of Cynthia's death and the MTN assisted the family in tracking the call to Festac town in Lagos

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