Cyhthia Osokogu must have thought that she was opening another wonderful page in her book of friendship when she headed to Lagos for a business transaction last month. The Abuja-based fashion dealer and only daughter of Major Gen. Frank Osokogu (Rtd) was declared missing on July 22, and her corpse was discovered in a Lagos mortuary a few days ago.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that Cynthia was murdered by a group of students who became her friends on the social networking site, Facebook. The students had allegedly picked her up at the airport, took her to a hotel in Festac where she was drugged and robbed (and probably raped) before she was strangled.
There is every reason to be cautious about meeting strangers, no matter how exciting or adventurous it may sound. The social network media is as dangerous as it is interesting, and absolute care must be taken.
May Cyhthia's soul rest in peace, may He give her family the fortitude to bear the loss.