Chidinma Ojukwu, the accused in the murder of Super TV CEO Usifo Ataga, has denied killing him, laying the blame on an unknown person.
This is the latest development in the ongoing trial at a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, to determine the innocence or guilt of Ataga.
The court session which held on Tuesday continued the viewing of footage of Chidinma‘s confessional statement under the jurisdiction of Justice Yetunde Adesanya.
Chidinma had said that on the day of the crime, she’d stepped out of the room and when she’d returned she’d found her lover in a pool of his own blood, unaware of the alleged assailant’s identity.
She had proceeded to abscond with properties as she claimed to be scared.
Ojukwu, an undergraduate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, was arraigned alongside Adedapo Quadri and Chioma Egbuchu on October, 12, 2021, on nine counts over the alleged murder of Ataga.
“I don’t know who came in after I left the room. When I came back, I saw him bleeding. I had to leave because I was scared, I did not kill him, I don’t know who killed him.”
The prosecutor, Yusuf Sule, called the ninth witness, DSP Olusegun Bamidele, and he had this to say:
“She started writing by herself, but because her handwriting wasn’t eligible, I told her that she should ensure that her writing was legible or write in capital letters. It was at that point that she said I should write for her and she confessed to killing the deceased.
“She also mentioned how she killed Michael Usifo Ataga and went away with the knife, phones and Macbook laptop. We took the first defendant to Computer Village with her laptop and we located the phone hub.”
Bamidele said one Yomi confirmed that there was a transaction between his colleague and Ojukwu over the laptop.
“That was how the Macbook was recovered and Ojukwu confessed that she was the one who sold the laptop to them. We studied her call logs and noticed that there was a frequent call log between June 15, 17, 18 and 21, which led to the arrest of the 2nd defendant. He threw away his phone through the window and also attempted to jump through the window before he was arrested.”
The case was adjourned till October 20, for continuation of trial.
Meanwhile the brutal murder of Chop Boli, an Abuja artiste remains unsolved with investigations still ongoing.