Super TV CEO murder: Suspect conspired with others now at large- Lagos police boss says
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Hakeem Odumosu, says 21-year-old UNILAG student, Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, who was earlier today paraded for allegedly killing the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Michael Usifo Ataga, conspired with some other persons who are currently now at large to carry out the crime.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Odumosu disclosed this while parading the suspect.
A case of murder was transferred from Maroko Division of the Command to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti Yaba, for discreet investigation.
The fact of the case is that, on 15/06/21 at about 1700hrs, one Chidimma Adaora Ojukwu, a 300 level, undergraduate of the University of Lagos, conspired with others, now at Large, and allegedly murdered one Michael Usifo Ataga, m, 50, by stabbing him severally with a sharp object at a Short Service Apartment, situated at No 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki, phase 1, Lagos.
The prime suspect, Chidinma, who had earlier booked for the apartment on 13/6/21 secretly, left the apartment after the deed had been done on 15/6/21 at about 1730hrs.
The suspect was tracked and arrested in her resident at No. 57, Akinwunmi Street, Alagomeji, Yaba-Lagos. During search, the prime suspect and Mass Communication Student of the University of Lagos, was caught with a blood-soaked cloth, ostensibly worn on the day of the incident.
The suspect confessed to have stabbed the deceased with a kitchen knife after a struggle. She further confessed to have taken the knife away while leaving the scene and disposed same in a dust bin at her residence.
It has also been revealed that the suspect equally stole the deceased iPhone.
Investigation is ongoing to arrest other accomplices.
However, the Case will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”Odumosu quoted the CP as saying.
The accused revealed what happened between her and the deceased on the day he died.
“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,” said Chidinma, 21, according to Punch newspaper.
“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 was like I am not happy with what he did. I was like, ‘You don’t help me, you don’t assist me with anything, you are just playing with me around’. He was like, ‘Take my ATM and withdraw what you want’.”
The suspect said Mr Ataga then became violent towards her and she kept fighting back.
“At some point, he hit my head on the wall and I also retaliated,” she said.
“At some point, he was chasing me around the kitchen cabinet. I took a knife and stabbed his neck. I approached the door and he followed me. I stabbed him twice on the neck side. 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.”