Usifo Ataga’s Murder: Court Remands Chidinma in Prison Pending DPP’s Advice

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The Lagos State Police Command has brought Chidinma Ojukwu, prime suspect in the murder of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to the Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Sabo, Lagos.

Ojukwu, a 21-year-old Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos, is being held in one of the courtroom holding cells.

The Nation learnt that the Police intend to apply for an order for Ojukwu’s remand.

The defendant’s relatives and well-wishers, including her sister, are in courtroom one, awaiting the beginning of proceedings.

However, a court source told The Nation that the case is yet to be assigned and that the application might be heard in another courtroom.

Chidinma was arrested by the police on June 23, 2021.

She had been in a romantic relationship with 50-year-old Ataga for about four months before the incident.

Following her parade by the police on June 24, the undergraduate said she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument broke out and she stabbed him twice.

On June 29, she pleaded for forgiveness saying she was not ready to die.

She attributed her action to influence of hard drugs and smoking.

But things took a dramatic turn on July 13, 2021 when Chidinma recanted.

In an interview she granted the police media team which was aired by Crime Fighter TV, a police sponsored programme, Ojukwu claimed she walked into the room from an errand only to find Ataga stabbed, blood everywhere and the apartment in shambles.

In the eight minutes and eight seconds video, she claimed her earlier admission of stabbing Ataga to death was made under pressure and fear that people would not believe her.

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She said someone probably entered the apartment when she left to get the things they needed, killed Ataga, scattered the place and left before her arrival.

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