Augusta Osedion, a 21-year-old student at Lead University in Ibadan, Oyo State, was allegedly murdered by her lover, Benjamin, in Oral Estate, Ikota, Ajah, Lagos.
The victim, Augusta, was reportedly fatally stabbed during an argument that started because the loverbirds misunderstood each other.
On July 11, 2023, Augusta called her mother to tell her she had a fight with her boyfriend, it was discovered. Unfortunately, Onwabhagbe Cordelia’s efforts to patch things up between her and her boyfriend were in vain.
However, problems arose when Augusta’s mother was unable to get in touch with either Augusta or her boyfriend via their phones or other means.
Onwabhagbe Cordelia became concerned about the situation and tried to contact the daughter’s housemate, who helped her find the boyfriend’s home in Oral Estate, Ikota, Ajah.
In the words of Cordelia, who reported the incident to the police on 15 July, “When we got to my daughter’s boyfriend’s house, her Mercedes Benz C30 was parked in front of the building but the flat was locked.”
Confirming the incident, spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, said: “Detectives led by DPOAjah visited the scene and the door was forced open, only to discover the lifeless body of Augusta and the female genital chopped off, in a pool of her own blood.
“Corpse was recovered, despite its fast decomposing state. Marks of violence and signs of struggle were detected on the body, which was deposited at General Hospital mortuary, Yaba, for autopsy and preservation.
“A note suspected to have emanated from the said Benjamin was recovered at the scene and treated as exhibit. Scene has been cordoned off to enable crime operatives gather evidence. Preliminary investigation is ongoing with a view to transferring the case to SCIID Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation.”
On Monday, Benjamin, the suspect who is now on the run, confessed to the crime via his Instagram account.
I am very sorry for the harm and suffering I have left behind. Everything that occurred was brought on by anguish, betrayal, cheating, toxicity, and other factors.Nothing from her body vanished. Nothing was done on purpose. We fought and argued about something I’d like not to discuss in order to preserve her reputation and respect for the deceased.
“But all that which led into argument and fight which led to her carrying a knife and stabbing then happened, which I wished never happened. I ran out of fear. I stabbed someone and didn’t know what to do at that point but nothing was intentional and none of her body parts was cut out.
“I deeply regret and will give up myself and say nothing but the truth as I know I have only a few days on earth and only the truth can bring me peace and bring God’s acceptance.
“I contacted her mom, yesterday, as well and I’m going to turn myself in and believe I deserve death now but regardless of anything, the truth deserves to be said and previewed and not manipulated.
“I will turn myself in and pay with my own life. Whatever the fate is, I will take, including death as there is no justification for taking a life. I will be accountable.”