I killed Usifo Ataga alone
A video of Chidinma Ojukwu confessing to killing Super TV Managing Director, Usifo Michael Ataga, all by herself, was released in a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) on Tuesday, October 11.
The video, which also captured dark footage of Ataga’s lifeless body shortly after it was discovered in a furnished apartment in Lagos, was shown on a large screen in the courtroom.
Miss Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), is the prime suspect in Ataga’s murder.
In the video, Ataga was seen lying face up on the ground with his hands spread wide, wearing a white singlet and bloodstained boxers. His head was close to the wall and there was blood on the floor to his right.
There were also large bloodstains on the floor, pillow and duvet cover.
Recounting how she killed Ataga during an interrogation by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olusegun Bamidele of the State Criminal Investigation Department’s Intelligence and Tactics Unit (SCID) Panti, Yaba, Chidinma Ojukwu said stated that she had met Ataga through a friend and they started talking to each other.
On June 13, 2021, he asked her to find accommodation for them, so she got the short-term rental apartment where they ate, drank, took drugs and where he was killed.
“After I got the place on Sunday, we were smoking hard, drinking, watching movies, then I went to get some food. The medicine we were taking was finished and I ordered another one and went down to pick it up from the delivery man in the morning; it was June 14, 2021.
“Then on Tuesday we drank and smoked hard 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 to bother for more sex.I was tired and after struggling with him he got what he wanted and always wanted more.
“He wanted it, he wasn’t himself anymore and I thought he wasn’t interested in sex anymore, only for him to go back to bed asking for more sex. I pushed him away, which resulted in him hitting his head against a stool that had a drink in. He cut his leg and became weak.
“I took a knife and stabbed him in the neck, ribs and stomach so he couldn’t hurt me. I tied her hands with a handkerchief.
“His blood was out and I was scared. I just packed everything up, my clothes were also stained with blood, I just packed my stuff and left.
“I took the knife and the handkerchief and when I got home I threw away the knife and the handkerchief.
“Michael (Ataga) was a friend, who we just talked about. I didn’t know him that deeply and we didn’t speak regularly.
When asked in the video if she had been helped to kill the deceased as she couldn’t have done it alone because of her physique, Ojukwu replied, “There was no one who helped me. , I did it alone.”
When asked why she didn’t call for help, she replied, “Obviously I was scared, that’s why I left.”
When asked what was the motive for her murder of Ataga, she replied, “There was no motive behind it.”
The Nation reported that DSP Bamidele, who is the ninth witness for the prosecution, also asked Ojukwu why she was using a foreign number and why she was hiding her number. The defendant replied that she already had a foreign number registered on social networks which she used to chat with people.
When asked why the owner of the service apartment didn’t know his identity, she replied, “She didn’t ask for my ID. This is a text I received. If she had said the place was not available I would have left for another place.”
On why she used a fake name “Mary Johnson” to open a bank account, the defendant said that she tried her real name but the account was blocked, hence her decision to use Mary Johnson.
During examination-in-chief by prosecution counsel, Ms Adenike Oluwafemi, Bamidele said that the police recovered some items from the accused’s home, including a small pink handbag containing two syringes, eight tablets of Rophynol, two sanitary napkins, a little perfume, jewelry, an iPhone. , a notebook, a diary and an HP laptop.
The other items were the defendant’s ID card with his name Ojukwu Chidinma Adora, Ataga’s driver’s license, UBA ATM card of Ojukwu, Super net ID card with the name of Ataga, then three other cards bearing the name of the deceased and six blank free cards, among others.
In a brief ruling, Judge Adesanya overruled the defendant’s objection and admitted the evidence.
The case has been adjourned until October 12 for further trial.