Killing my Childhood Friend Wasnt My Intention – 17 years Old Girl Lament

Life for Chiemeriem Benjamin, who had a dream of becoming a banker, has come to a temporary halt as she accidentally killed her childhood friend, Lawrence Oloruntobi, during a minor disagreement.

The incident, which took place at Iba area of Lagos, has opened a scary new phase of life for the teenager, who hails from Abia State.

Chiemeriem told Vanguard:

“Lawrence is my friend; we grew up together and have lived in the same environment from as far back as I can remember. On that day, I was just not in the mood to talk with him. When I came out in the morning, he tried to make some jokes, which we would ordinarily laughed about. But I told him I was not interested in such.

I went out later that day and on my way back, I saw him forcing my younger brother to play in a stagnant body of water in front of our compound. My brother was crying out for help, because he did not want to be dragged into the water. I quickly walked up to Lawrence to stop him. He took it personal and told me he would slap me.

Out of anger, I told him that even his mother would not dare slap me. He then went in to get a cane, which has always been his tradition whenever we are having a misunderstanding. I also rushed into our room to grab a knife. But my elder brother and a neighbour, called Iya Ayo, intervened and settled the matter.”

According to the 17-year-old, Senior Secondary 1 student:

“About two hours later, Lawrence came back to meet me, threatening to deal with me. We started exchanging words, which later culminated in a fight. I went in and grabbed another knife just to threaten him.

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Unfortunately, while my elder brother, who intervened again, was trying to plead with Lawrence not to fight with me because I am a girl, I angrily stabbed Lawrence in the chest with the knife.

It was only after my action that I realized what I had done. I started calling out for help because I was very scared. Few neighbours, who were around, responded and we quickly rushed him to a nearby hospital, but it was too late. He died.

Sincerely, I never meant to kill him with the knife. I only wanted to threaten him, but I just do not know how and why I stabbed him.”


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