Family members, associates, sympathisers and officiating ministers at grave side. Inset: The late Cynthia
It was a somber atmosphere yesterday as Miss Cynthia Osokogu was finally laid to rest at her fatherâ€™s country home, Owa-Ekei, Owa Community, Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State.
Cynthia Osokogu, 24, was on July 22 murdered at a Lagos hotel by her facebook friends. The interment of late Cynthia Udoka Osokogu earlier scheduled for September 5 was postponed by the family following advice from security agencies and medical experts.
A small group of close relatives and friends discussing in low tones awaited the arrival of the corpse, sitting under low hanging trees in small groups around the expansive compound of Major-Gen. Frank Osokogu, Cynthiaâ€™s father, along Owa-Ekei Road, Boji Boji Owa .
At exactly 2.59 pm, a black coloured Volvo hearse with registration number LY 616 EKY, drove into the compound carrying a white casket bearing her remains.
She was buried at 3.28 pm amidst tears by her relatives.
Many women cried and cursed in low tones as Cynthiaâ€™s body was buried. Grim-faced men only gnashed their teeth as they tried to mask their sorrows.
Rev. Father Leonard Bianchi of the St. Dominic Catholic Church, Owa, who conducted a short prayer, prayed that Almighty God accept Cynthiaâ€™s soul.
Major-Gen. Osokogu said the law must take its full course in prosecuting those found responsible for the death of his daughter.
According to him, murder is a crime against the state and not against an individual, adding that the case is entirely out his hands.
He described his daughterâ€™s death as tumultuous, painful and incomprehensible but said he had faith in the judiciary to give the family justice.According to him, the case is in a holding court which will be transferred to the appropriate court of jurisdiction.
He expressed satisfaction at the efforts of the police, adding that the media have shown enormous support for the family.
â€I am impressed with the efforts of the security agencies, particularly the Nigeria Police Forceâ€, Major-Gen. Osokogu said.
On how he feels losing Cynthia, he said: â€œWhat you cannot help you endure; we are confronting the situation with all equanimity. So far so good. It is a difficult vacuum to fill, if it is possible to fill a vacuum, but life goes on. I think we are slowly coming to terms with my daughterâ€™s deathâ€.
May her soul rest in Bosom of the LORD.