The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are remaining tight-lipped regarding the whereabouts of Nigerian fugitive Benjamin Nnanyereugo, known as Killaboi.

Nnanyereugo confessed to stabbing Augusta Osedion in August 2023, resulting in her death. After initially stating he would turn himself in, Nnanyereugo fled, prompting law enforcement to seek his arrest and prosecution.

In October, Osedion’s brother tracked Nnanyereugo to Sierra Leone. The NPF subsequently confirmed that the SLP had detained the suspect. However, more than seven months later, the SLP has refused to disclose whether Nnanyereugo is still in their custody or if extradition proceedings have commenced.

Efforts by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to obtain information from the SLP in April were met with silence. The SLP’s head of media and public relations, Brima Kamara, ignored a text message from FIJ on April 19, despite reading it. Similarly, Benjamin Hundeyin, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, has not responded to phone calls or text messages seeking updates on Nnanyereugo’s detention.

Extradition procedures between countries can be prolonged, taking weeks, months, or even over a year. Nigerian lawyer Moe Odele tweeted in October about the legal process, explaining that the Sierra Leone Extradition Act permits Nnanyereugo’s extradition to Nigeria. However, this process requires the issuance of a warrant and a court appearance to determine the extradition order, allowing the fugitive a chance to contest it.

As of now, the whereabouts and legal status of Benjamin Nnanyereugo remain uncertain, with both the SLP and NPF maintaining a tight lid on information.