Cordelia Okonye, the mother of 21-year-old model Augusta, has explained how Nnanyereugo Benjamin Best, also known as Killaboi, was arrested in Sierra Leone months after confessing to killing her daughter.
Ms Okonye alleged that Killaboi ran out of the country after killing her daughter, adding that he used fake names to secure a passport to escape.
“Best killed my daughter on July 13 and got a Sierra Leonean passport on July 28. He was eventually arrested yesterday (Thursday),” she alleged.
Ms Okonye, in a Facebook video on Saturday, said she decided to send a passport photograph of Killaboi to all her relatives as her pleas were ignored before his eventual arrest.
“So along the line, my cousin in Sierra Leone on the first hinted to me that ‘I saw somebody like him. Immediately, my son and a cousin went to Sierra Leone.
“A day before my son and cousin got to Sierra Leone, they declared Killaboi wanted. He was already hiding in the country,” she explained. “The commissioner of police was contacted.”
Ms Okonye, who reiterated that Killaboi murdered her daughter, alleged that the social media influencer “left her corpse to rot before taking her phone.”
The 26-year-old suspect, who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2021 for internet fraud, had confessed on social media that he “mistakenly” stabbed his girlfriend in his Oral Estate home on July 13, 2023, after they got into an argument.
“I got into an argument with my girlfriend @austa xxo which fight I mistakenly stabbed her and ran away out of fear and been suicidal since then(sic). I intend to end my life now cause I have lost the one I cherish so much. I want to do the right thing and turn myself in. I will gladly die by paying with my life now,” he wrote in one of his numerous posts on his Insta Stories.
Months after the incident, the Lagos State Police Command declared Killaboi wanted on October 10.