‘Papa Cynthia’ Expresss Faith In Judiciary
Father of late Cynthia Osokogu, Retired Major General Frank
Osokogu, has expressed confidence in Nigeria’s judiciary, saying that he was
sure justice would be done in the case of his daughter’s death.
The late Cynthia was found dead in a hotel room in Lagos on
July 26, after she was declared missing by her family three days earlier. She
was allegedly killed by her assailants on July 22.
Four suspects, including two university undergraduates, were
later arrested in connection with the incident and the case had been taken to
The remains of the late Cynthia were committed to mother
earth on Friday at Owa Ekei, Agbor, Delta State.
Speaking to newsmen at the burial, the father of the
deceased said that he was impressed with the way the investigation and court
process of his late daughter were handled.
He commended the police for what he described as “wonderful
job so far’’, and urged the force to always rise to occasions that needed its
professionalism in order to make the force a true friend of the public.
He said that the death of Cynthia, who would have been 24
years in November, had created a big vacuum in his family but stated that the
family had no choice than bear the loss.
“Life must go on because what you cannot change, you will
accept,’’ he declared, and commended the media for their support and appealed
for demonstration of the same zeal in covering the court proceedings on the
The Tide reports that the remains of the late Cynthia,
conveyed in a Volvo ambulance with registration number LY 616 EKY, arrived at
her father’s compound at Agbor at 2.55 p.m.
Her remains were interred in the compound at 3.55 p.m. after
a brief Christian ceremony conducted by Rev. Fr. Leonard Biachi, the Parish
Priest of Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church, Boji Boji, Owa.
The Tide recalls that the first attempt to bury the late
Cynthia on September 7 was aborted when the police were said to have refused to
release her body on grounds that they had not concluded autopsy on it.
But a funeral mass scheduled for the day was conducted and
persons who had arrived for the burial attended the mass and later commiserated
with the family.
Guests at the September 7 aborted burial included Governor
Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Dr Festus Okubor, Chief of
Staff, Government House, Asaba and top military personnel and traditional
chiefs in the area.
Until her death, Cynthia was a post-graduate student at the
Nassarawa State University, Keffi, where she obtained her first degree.
‘Zoning, Hard-Work Responsible For APC’s C/River Victory’
National Women’s Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Betta Edu, has congratulated Sen. Bassey Otu and Mr Peter Odey, who were elected Governor and Deputy Governor, respectively in Cross River State.
Edu, who spoke in a telephone interview with The Tide’s source on Monday in Calabar, said the governorship zoning system practiced in the state and hard work were largely responsible for APC’s victory.
Edu, who was reacting to the announcement of Sen. Otu of APC as Governor-elect, told the source that the governorship position in the state is been zoned across the three senatorial districts since 1999.
According to her, the Southern Senatorial District produced Mr Donald Duke, who was Governor from 1999 to 2007, while the Central Senatorial District produced Sen. Liyel Imoke, who was Governor from 2007 to 2015.
She also explained that the North also produced the incumbent Governor, Ben Ayade, who took over power in 2015 and is serving his second term in office which will end on May 29.
She said for fairness, equity and justice, it was natural to zone the position back to the south, which the APC did.
“First, we give God the glory and this is an endorsement of APC’s hard work in Cross River, courtesy of Governor Ayade.
“APC in Cross River was rational enough to zone its governorship position back to the south after 16 years.
“Beyond this, APC was very careful in choosing a very formidable candidate, one who is the man of people, very experienced and accessible, smart and with a listening ear.
“We are confident that he will continue with the very good track record of Gov. Ayade. He will increase focus on health, education, agriculture and other sectors.
“We are happy that he defeated other candidates in the state because he was indeed the peoples candidate,” she said.
Edu expressed hope that the Governor-elect would continue with the industrialisation drive of Governor Ayade with a view to promoting the state revenue coffers.
She called on all others who contested and failed to join hands with the governor-elect and build Cross River State for good.
She gave assurance that the governor-elect would work with the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, in attracting development to the state.
The state Returning Officer for INEC, Prof. Teddy Adies, of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, had earlier announced Sen. Otu as the winner of the March 18 polls.
Adies said that the APC candidate polled 258,619 votes to emerge winner, while his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Sandy Onor, polled 179,636 votes.
Accept Defeat, PDP Tells Omo-Agege
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta Chapter, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, to accept the outcome of the governorship election in the state.
The party also urged Omo-Agege to extend the olive branch by congratulating the PDP candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori, who was already coasting home to victory following the Saturday, March 18 governorship poll in the state.
This is contained in a statement on Monday in Asaba, by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.
Aniagwu noted that contrary to the wrongful assertion by the APC, the state governorship and House of Assembly elections followed due process and was conducted in consonance with relevant laws especially the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.
He also noted that the results duly collated from the various units, wards and local government areas had so far been adjudged as free, fair, credible and transparent, adding that winners have been emerging across the state constituencies.
“It is, however, disturbing that the APC that unleashed terror on innocent voters in Ughelli North Local Government Area (LGA) and parts of Ethiope West LGA could turn around to point accusing fingers at others.
“So far, 24 LGAs have been duly collated and the PDP won in 20 LGAs, while the APC won in four LGAs with just only one LGA result to go out of the 25 LGA of the state.
“The APC, having won six state constituencies cannot turn around to describe the election as non-complying with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended”, he said.
The Commissioner, while thanking the people of the state for their unalloyed support and solidarity with the PDP, said, “we promised to continue delivering on the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa mandate till the last day of this administration.
“We, therefore, call on the APC governorship candidate and Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege to do the needful expected of democrats.
“He (Omo-Agege) should call on his brother, the PDP governorship candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori to congratulate him on his well deserved victory at the polls”.
APC’s Sen. Otu Wins C’River Governorship
Sen. Bassey Otu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the governorship election in Cross River State after winning in 15 out of the 18 Local Government Areas in the state.
Announcing the result on Monday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Centre in Calabar, the Returning Officer, Prof. Teddy Adies, said APC polled 258,619 votes.
He said the People Democratic Party got 179,636 votes while the Labour Party garnered 5,957 votes.
According to him, the total number of registered voters was 1,766,466, accredited voters 466,294, valid votes 451,933, and void votes 8,923.
“Eleven political parties participated in this election and for the results to get to us here at the state level, it had to pass through the Polling Units, the Ward Collation Centres and the collation centre at the the Local Government Levels.
“Otu of the APC after satisfying the requirement of the law has been returned elected,” the Returning Officer said.
Environment4 days ago
RSG Harps On Water Standard
Niger Delta4 days ago
Ex-N’Delta Militant Leaders Want Ndiomu’s PAP Tenure Extension … Urge Aggrieved stakeholders To Sheath Swords
News4 days ago
NDLEA Arrests 2 Members Of Afro-Europe Cartel
Ict/Telecom2 days ago
Firm Announces New Technology
SMEs2 days ago
Cash Crunch: POS Operators, Others Blame CBN For Citizens’ Suffering
Education4 days ago
University Admissions Must Be Based On Merit -Don
Sports4 days ago
Peseiro Faces Criticism Over Bameyi’s Invitation
Politics2 days ago
Zamfara Police Warn Against Violence After Matawalle’s Defeat