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26.05.2024 Featured Nigeria, Sierra Leone Police Refuse to Disclose Whereabouts of Self-Confessed Murderer Killaboi

Published 26th May, 2024

By Joseph Adeiye

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Sierra Leone Police Services (SLP) have refused to disclose the whereabouts of Nigerian Benjamin Nnanyereugo, also known as Killaboi.

Law enforcement sought to detain and prosecute Nnanyereugo after he confessed to stabbing Augusta Osedion in August 2023.

Osedion died of the stab wounds and Nnanyereugo fled after initially saying he would turn himself in.

A screenshot of Best’s Instagram post via his now-deactivated Killaboigram account
A screenshot of Best’s Instagram post via his now-deactivated Killaboigram account
Nnanyereugo in handcuffs.
Nnanyereugo in handcuffs.

Osedion’s brother tracked Nnanyereugo to Sierra Leone in October, and the NPF confirmed the SLP had arrested the suspected murderer.

READ MORE: Killaboi Arrested in Sierra Leone for Killing Girlfriend in Lagos

Over seven months after Nnanyereugo’s arrest, the SLP won’t tell journalists if the Nigerian fugitive is still in police custody or if extradition proceedings have begun.

FIJ contacted the SLP in April via phone calls, email and SMS, but there was no response.

Brima Kamara, the SLP’s media and public relations head, received a text from FIJ on April 19. Kamara has refused to acknowledge or respond to the text, despite reading it.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, has not answered phone calls since April. He also failed to respond to FIJ’s text message requesting updates on Nnanyereugo’s detention in Sierra Leone.

Text to SLP's official phone line
Text to SLP’s official phone line
Text to SLP's Kamara via WhatsApp
Text to SLP’s Kamara via WhatsApp

Extradition is one law enforcement procedure that could take some time between the countries involved. It could be a matter of weeks or months. Depending on the case, the extradition could take more than a year too.

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“The Sierra Leone Extradition Act allows for extradition of Benjamin to Nigeria to face the crime which he has been declared wanted for. However, after the fugitive is apprehended, a warrant needs to be issued,” Moe Odele, a Nigerian lawyer, tweeted in October.

“After a warrant is issued, the fugitive is then supposed to appear before a judge who would make or not make the order for extradition subject to the provisions of the act. The act gives the fugitive an avenue to show cause why they should not be extradited.”

The whereabouts of Nnanyereugo remain unknown.

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Published 26th May, 2024

By Joseph Adeiye

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