CNN just reported an update on the case of the young lady, Cynthia Osokogu, a business woman and former model who was stalked on Facebook, lured to Lagos, drugged, beaten, sexually assaulted and eventually murdered in a hotel outside of town by two men, Echezona Nwabufor and Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka whom she met through social media platforms Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger. Within three weeks, the police were able to arrest the suspects through cell phone records and CCTV footage of them leaving the hotel. The suspects are due to appear in court on November 5, exactly one month after Cynthis Osokogu was laid to rest.
This story reminds me of the woman who, in a shocking video that sparked outrage in Nigeria last year , was repeatedly raped in what appeared to be a university dormitory in Abia state. The first reaction to this video was the university and state official denying the video's authenticity or that it took place near or on school grounds. Nothing was done about this case until it received national and international attention; uproar from human rights activists and disturbed Nigerians. The police arrested two suspects both of whom could not be confirmed as culpable or not. Ever since, this case has gone cold with more all those rapists roaming the Nigerian streets looking for their next victim.
Two similar cases; one quickly resolved and the other gone cold. The major differences, Cynthia was the daughter of a retired Army general while the other lady from the university in Abia, is the daughter of an unknown. This begs the question, if Cynthia, the daughter of the retired Army general, had been the one raped in the university in Abia, would the perpetrators still be roaming the streets or would they have been caught with cell phone records and CCTV videos of them miraculously obtained? If the woman raped in Abia were to be the daughter of a law enforcement officer, would the police let the case go cold?