The Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) has watched the chilling footage of Chidinma Ojukwu confessing to stabbing to death Usifo Michael Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super Tv.

It also saw the harrowing footage of Ataga’s lifeless body, which was discovered in a Lagos short-let apartment serviced apartment.

Remember that the prime suspect in Ataga’s murder is Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

She is on trial with her sister, third defendant Chioma Egbuchu, and second defendant Adedapo Quadri for the alleged crime.

They have been on trial since October 12, 2021, when they were arraigned before Justice Yetunde Adesanya at the Supreme Court.

The alleged murder occurred on June 15, 2021, at 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, according to the Lagos State Government, which is prosecuting them.

When the trial resumed, the prosecution showed a video recording from a Compact Disc (CD) on a large screen in the courtroom.

It showed Ataga lying on the floor, face up, with his hands spread open, wearing a bloodstained white singlet and boxers. His head was against the wall, and blood was on the floor on his right side.

Large blood stains were also found on the floor, as well as the pillow and duvet cover.

The video also showed Ojukwu telling Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olusegun Bamidele from the Intelligence and Tactical Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, Yaba, how she killed Ataga.

According to the defendant, she met Ataga through a friend and they began talking, and on June 13, 2021, he asked her to look for a place for them to stay, so she got the short-let apartment where they ate, drank, took drugs, and where he was killed.

Ojukwu said: “After I got to the place on Sunday, we were smoking loudly, drinking, watching movies and then I went to get food.

“The drug we were taking got finished and I ordered another one and went downstairs to get it from the delivery guy in the morning; that was on June 14, 2021.

“Then on Tuesday, we drank and smoked loud and I added Rophynol to his drink and we had sex. I was on the bed and he was on the chair.

“Then later he started disturbing me for more sex. I was tired and after struggling with him, he had his way and still wanted more.

“He wanted it, he was no longer himself and I thought he was no more interested in sex, only for him to return to the bed to ask for more sex.

“I pushed him away, which resulted in him hitting his head against a stool that had a glass. He had a cut on his leg and he became weak.

“I got a knife and stabbed him in the neck, ribs and stomach so that he would not be able to harm me. I tied his hands with a handkerchief.

“His blood was out and I was scared. I just packed everything, my clothes were also stained with blood, I just packed my things and left.

“I took the knife and handkerchief and when I got home, I threw the knife and handkerchief away.

“Michael (Ataga) was a friend that we just talked to. I didn’t know him that deeply and we did not talk regularly.”

When asked in the video if she needed help killing the deceased because she couldn’t have done it alone due to his physique, Ojukwu replied:

There was nobody that assisted me, I did it alone.

Asked why she didn’t call for help, she said: “Obviously I was scared that was why I left.”

Asked what was the motive behind her killing Ataga, she said: “There was no motive behind it.”

DSP Bamidele, who is the ninth prosecution witness, also asked Ojukwu why she was using a foreign number and why she hid her number.

The defendant responded that she already had a foreign number registered on social media that she used to chat with people.

Asked why the owner of the service apartment didn’t know her identity, she replied: “She didn’t ask for my identification.

“It was a text that I got. If she had said that the place was not available I would have left for another place.”

On why she used a fake name “Mary Johnson” in opening a bank account, the defendant said she tried her real name but the account was blocked hence her decision to use Mary Johnson.

During her cross-examination in chief by prosecution counsel Mrs Adenike Oluwafemi, Bamidele stated that the police recovered some items from the defendant’s house, including a small pink purse containing two syringes, eight Rophynol tablets, two sanitary pads, a small perfume, jewelry, an iPhone, a notebook, a diary, and an HP laptop.

Other items included the defendant’s ID card bearing her name, Ojukwu Chidinma Adora, Ataga’s driving license, Ojukwu’s UBA ATM card, Super net ID card bearing Ataga’s name, three other cards bearing the deceased’s name, and six blank complimentary cards.

Justice Adesanya dismissed the defendant’s objection and admitted the items in evidence in a brief ruling.

Previously, the witness had shown the court photographs of the apartment.

On October 12, 2021, the three defendants were arraigned on nine counts filed by the Lagos State Government against them.

Ojukwu and Quadri are charged with conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, making false bank statements, and stealing.

Egbuchu, the third defendant, is charged with stealing an iPhone 7 belonging to the late Ataga.

The case was postponed until October 12 to allow for the continuation of the trial.


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