First ofs, I hate popular opinions and I don’t subscribe to such.
What you’re staring at is the photo of a girl, 300 level student of one of the popular state universities in the south of Nigeria. This, is the picture the media chose to convey the message of her death. Why? This will spark popular opinion and bring out the screaming Jesus’.
The other photos represents her in her element and church girl glamour which didn’t trend so much. For obvious reasons.
She was killed for rituals, a very popular voodoo practice in my country, where parts of a person’s vital organs are sacrificed in some obscure shrine to gain someone else wealth and power… Usually, wealth.
Popular Opinion has it that she followed Yahoo Boys, and was “Used”. A yahoo boy is an internet fraudster, who lives off the tears of foreigners and sometimes people from his home country. They, are the genesis of the saying that, if Mugu fall, guy man chop. Over the years, and owing to the fact that there’s a Sharp decline in gullible people, these internet fraudsters have resorted to boosting their business with human sacrifices and their victims range from unsuspecting prostitutes or the colloquial Runs Girl to the innocent toddler on the street.
Do you understand now, how popular Opinion Harped on this explanation for this sudden death.
Blame it on my lawyer training but I believe to every story, there’s three sides – His, Hers, and the truth. Problem is, dead men tell no tales. So, even as it probably looked like it, I just wasn’t comfortable buying it like that, so I stayed on the story a while.
A few bloggers went on extensive research and spoke to friends of the deceased and all that. Now, here’s the story.
Girl wanted to rent accommodation in one of the lodges owned by a lecturer. Her liason, being a security guard in the school, who I must state her had just been released from prison, just weeks prior (Please ponder on why a state owned facility hired a fresh ex-convict as a Security guard).
Eyewitness account has it that the security guard called her on the Ill-fated day and asked her to come see the landlord of the property who was a lecturer of the school. That was the journey she went on and never returned.
A man hunt conducted to search for her found her body in the bush some days later, with vital organs and an entire promising future, missing – she was a first class student.
Now, that is the version of the story that did not trend, because you see, it’s not sensational, a tad boring as it may, and for a couple of weeks, social media was awash with wisecracks informing girls that if they continued following guys with a Benz, they would end up like her, the poster child for wayward girls.
She was a church girl, and a really good student, everyone who knew her attested to the fact that she didn’t live a wayward lifestyle, and it breaks my heart to find out that we are now in a world where social media can determine your sentence by a few pictures on the gram.
Imagine an entire life of decency thrown to the wind because social media creates their own explanation. To what end?
The police arrested two boys the alleged were the yahoo boys and the native doctors involved. I’m sorry, unpopular opinion, but where is the lecturer, the landlord of the said apartment? We live in a country where the police can beat a cat till it admits to being the rat that ate the bread.
So, forgive me for being a devil’s advocate when I say that something doesn’t add up.
This goes without saying that you don’t even need to follow yahoo boys to be used for rituals. You can be decided, lured or even kidnapped, but in the world of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it, a largely innocent girl will have her name tarnished because of some Twitter fingers.
It’s sad that the dead tell no tales.