LAGOS – A 21-year-old undergraduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Chidinma Ojukwu, has narrated how she stabbed the Chief Executive Officer Of Super Tv, Usifo Ataga, to death in Lekki area of Lagos State.
The suspect made the disclosure while she was being paraded at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday.
A 300level undergraduate of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, has been arrested in connection with the killing of Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Michael Usifo Ataga.
Ojukwu is the second suspect arrested in connection with the gruesome murder.
The owner of the rented apartment where the incident took place was earlier arrested by the Lagos Police Command.
While being paraded, the 300-level student of Mass Communication, said she had been in a romantic relationship with Ataga for about four months before the ugly incident.
Ojukwu said she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument broke out and she stabbed him twice.
She said, “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 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’.
“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.
“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.”
The undergraduate also disclosed that after stabbing the late CEO, she withdrew N380,000 from his account using his ATM card.
Earlier, the commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu said Ojukwu was arrested at her parents’ residence in the Yaba area of the state on Wednesday night.
According to CP Odumosu, 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”, CP said.
Exhibits recovered from the suspect as presented by CP Odumosu are: One driver’s license, complimentary cards, Access Bank Statement Account, one Nigeria International Passport with No.B50010434 belonging to the suspect, one fake Driver’s license bearing Mary Johnson with the suspect’s photograph, one National Identification Card bearing the suspect’s name, one UBA ATM debit card bearing the suspect’s name and one University of Lagos ID card bearing the suspect’s name.
The CP said further “investigation is ongoing to arrest other accomplices. However, the Case will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded” .
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