Police Arraign Chidinma’s Father, Four Others Over Death Of Super TV Boss

A file photo of a court.

 

The police have filed a criminal charge against Mr Onoh Ojukwu, father of Chidinma Ojukwu, who is accused of killing the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Super TV, Usifo Ataga.

Ojukwu and four others were arraigned by the police on Monday before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for obstruction of justice and failing to report a crime to the law enforcement agencies.

The 57-year-old, and one Babalola Disu, 42, were charged with obstructing the police from performing their duties and failing to report a crime to the police.

The other defendants – Jessica Egbochi, 28; Abayomi Olutayo, 23; and Ifeoluwa Olowu, 23, were accused of receiving stolen items.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecution counsel, Cyril Ajiofor, alleged that the defendants committed the offences on June 18 and 23 at Computer Village in Ikeja, and Alagomeji in Yaba.

He informed the court that Ojukwu prevented the police from arresting his daughter, Chidinma, while the second defendant, Disu, failed to report Ataga’s death to the police.

Chidinma was paraded at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on June 24, 2021.

 

According to Ajiofor, the other three defendants dishonestly received a MacBook valued at N2.5 million and an iPhone 7 worth N150,000 belonging to the deceased.

He stated that the offences contravened Sections 97, 117, 328, and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo granted each defendant N1 million bail with two sureties each in the like sum, who must make a deposit of N20,000 into the coffers of the Chief Registrar.

She adjourned further proceedings until September 6.

Court Remands Chidinma In Prison Over Super TV CEO’s Murder

Chidinma was paraded at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on June 24, 2021.

 

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300 level Mass Communication Department student of the University of Lagos accused of killing the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, has been remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services.

A Lagos State Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in the Yaba area gave the order on Monday when she and one Adedapo Quadri were brought before the court by the Lagos State Police Command over alleged conspiracy and murder of the victim.

When the case was called, they, however, could not take their plea because the magistrate court was not constitutionally empowered to try the offence.

After listening to the police, the Magistrate, Adeola Adedayo, ordered that the defendants be kept in prison for the next 30 days to allow for investigations to be completed, and pending the release of legal advice on the matter by the state’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

While moving the remand application, police prosecutor, Cyril Ajiofor, stated that the application was based on Section 264 Subsections 1 and 2 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

Ajiofor informed the court that a 12-page affidavit – statements of the defendants and exhibit to show that the file has been duplicated to the DPP for legal advice – had been attached to the remand application.

“We are praying for the remand of the defendants for the first count of murder,” he stated.

Representing the first defendant, Babajide Martins, who is the Director of the Office of Public Defender, said the remand application was “inevitable”.

Martins who was not opposed to the application urged the prosecution team to make necessary documents available to the defence before being brought before the court.

Ataga was found dead with multiple stabs on June 16 at a short-let apartment on Adebowale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase I where he had checked in with his lover, Chidinma.

Chidinma was consequently arrested on June 23 in her father’s house in Yaba and paraded at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.

The 50-year-old deceased was buried on July 30 in a low-key ceremony attended by his family members, including his wife, and friends.

Police Arrest More Suspects In Connection With Murder Of Super TV CEO

Chidinma was paraded at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on June 24, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested more suspects in connection with the killing of Usifo Ataga, the chief executive officer of Super TV.

Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said on Wednesday that said the police have established a case of conspiracy and murder and more suspects have been arrested.

Mr. Odumosu, during a parade of suspects at the police command in Ikeja, however, did not disclose who the suspects are or how many of them have been arrested.

According to him, an investigation is ongoing on the matter.

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Earlier, the police had arrested Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level mass communication student at the University of Lagos, as the prime suspect in the case.

Chidinma who affirmed that she was in a romantic relationship with the murdered CEO, is said to have stabbed him multiple times in the apartment they were both lodged.

The prime suspect explained that an argument ensued between her and the deceased, one which degenerated into violence and led to his death.

Chidinma had, however, recanted her confession, saying she knew nothing about the death, according to a viral video being circulated all over social media.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s family in a statement last month said there was more to Mr. Ataga’s death and urged the police to go beyond the prime suspect’s confession.

Super TV CEO: ‘Chidinma Must Not Die In Custody’, Reps Tell Police

 

The House of Representatives has asked the police to ensure that Chidinma Ojukwu, the alleged killer of Super TV’s CEO, Mr Usifo Ataga, does not die in police custody.

Representative Tolulope Sadipe who raised the motion On Tuesday, as a matter of urgent public importance, expressed concerns about the public parade and media trial which she is being subjected to.

According to Sadipe, she could be driven to depression and eventually suicide.

Her motion follows a recent interview granted by Chidinma over the death of Mr Ataga.

In the interview, the 300 level University of Lagos (UNILAG) student, gave fresh insights into the circumstances surrounding the murder.

Contrary to her initial statements that she had stabbed Ataga as a way of self-defense, she now claims she had nothing to do with his death.

She explained that while they were lodged in the short-let apartment, she briefly stepped out to buy some things only to return to his lifeless body.

“As I was leaving the apartment, he stood up to lock the door. When I came back, I knocked but there was no response. Then I opened the door and realized it wasn’t locked,” she said.

“The duvet was on the floor and pillows. The couch was facing the door and the bed was stained with blood and the floor where he was. Music was on, the TV was on. The room was in disarray like someone broke in.

“Then I saw him on the floor, I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid. I thought if I raised an alarm I would be arrested because we were the only people in the room”.

Also speaking in the interview, a cousin of the deceased said the state in which he later found the corpse was very questionable. According to him, the extent of the stab wounds as well as the way Ataga’s hands were tied, was so bad that its difficult to believe the act was carried out by just Chidinma.

She, on the other hand, claimed that the only reason she took responsibility for the incident initially was that it was just both of them in the room and she felt that no one would believe her story.

“I never had anything to do with his death. I didn’t involve anybody. I don’t know who must have come into the apartment. Definitely, somebody did but I don’t who the person is. I don’t know what happened when I left to buy food,” she said.


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Chidinma Makes U-turn, Denies Killing Super TV CEO

Chidinma was paraded at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on June 24, 2021.

 

A student, of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Chidinma Ojukwu, who was allegedly involved in the killing of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, has made new revelations about the circumstances surrounding the murder.

In an interview with Crime Fighters released on Monday, the 21-year-old said contrary to her initial statements that she had stabbed Ataga as a way of self-defense, she had nothing to do with his death.

She explained that while they were lodged in the short-let apartment, she briefly stepped out to buy some things only to return to his lifeless body.

“As I was leaving the apartment, he stood up to lock the door. When I came back, I knocked but there was no response. Then I opened the door and realized it wasn’t locked,” she said.

“The duvet was on the floor and pillows. The couch was facing the door and the bed was stained with blood and the floor where he was. Music was on, the TV was on. The room was in disarray like someone broke in.

“Then I saw him on the floor, I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid. I thought if I raised an alarm I would be arrested because we were the only people in the room”.

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Also speaking in the interview, a cousin of the deceased said the state in which he later found the corpse was very questionable. According to him, the extent of the stab wounds as well as the way Ataga’s hands were tied, was so bad that the act could not have been done by just Chidinma.

She, on the other hand, claimed that the only reason she took responsibility for the incident initially was that it was just both of them in the room and she felt that no one would believe her story.

“I never had anything to do with his death. I didn’t involve anybody. I don’t know who must have come into the apartment. Definitely, somebody did but I don’t who the person is. I don’t know what happened when I left to buy food,” she said.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked the police to ensure that Chidinma does not die in police custody.

Members of the House said they were worried about the public parade and media trial which she is being subjected to.

Representative Tolulope Sadipe, who raised the motion at plenary on Tuesday as a matter of urgent public importance, expressed concerns that she could be driven to depression and suicide.

VIDEO: UNILAG Student Arrested Over Murder Of Super TV CEO, Claims He Forcefully Had Sex With Her

The police have arrested a university student accused of killing Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.

Ataga was said to have been found in a pool of his blood with multiple wounds on his body after the media mogul was stabbed to death at a hotel where he reportedly lodges in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), was paraded on Thursday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, told reporters at the briefing that the suspect had confessed that she stabbed Ataga.

He disclosed that the owner of the rented apartment where the tragic incident occurred has been arrested and held in police detention.

Odumosu added that Ataga’s bank account has been blocked in a bid to prevent further withdrawals by those taking advantage of his untimely death.

During a session with reporters, 21-year-old Chidinma gave an account of what transpired between her and the late businessman whom she accused of raping her.

She claimed that Ataga made a first attempt which was successful, noting that the unfortunate incident took place after she resisted a second attempt.

Chidinma was paraded at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on June 24, 2021.

 

“We were in the lodge smoking. He was trying to make advances on me. I was tired and he became violent on it. I let him have his way.

“Towards afternoon, he ordered roofies. We took it together and ate food. He became high. I was still not happy with the first one (sex) that we had, so, I was staying on my own, smoking and drinking. He, too, was on his own. He came to me, and I told him I wasn’t happy with what he did,” the suspect recounted.

She added, “He was like, ‘Take my ATM and withdraw what you want’. He later became violent trying to get to me and I was resisting and defending myself. At some point, he hit my head on the wall and I also retaliated.”

According to Chidinma, Ataga began to chase her at some point in the kitchen where she took a knife and stabbed him in the neck.

She explained that the media mogul followed her as she approached the door before she stabbed him twice on the neck side again.

“I threw the knife to the bed, and he was going for it, but I also went for it. He dragged the knife with me and it broke, and he fell on the floor,” she narrated.