Video of the lifeless body of the Chief executive officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, who was allegedly murdered on the 15th of June 2021, was played at a Lagos High Court sitting, Tafawa Balewa Square on Tuesday, 11th October 2022.
Chidinma Ojukwu and Quadri Adepapo are standing trial for the murder of Usifo Ataga alongside Chidinma’s sister, Chioma Egbuchu who has been accused of stealing Usifo’s iPhone 7.
The video showed Usifo’s body lying faced up with hands wide spread wearing a white singlet and boxers stained with blood.
The video also contained Chidinma, explaining how she murdered Usifo. Chidinma stated that she met Usifo through a friend, and he called her on the 13th of June 2021 to book a service apartment for them which she did.
“After I got the place on Sunday, we were smoking loud, drinking, watching movies
“Then, I went to get food, the drug we were taking got finished and I ordered another one and went down stairs to get it from the delivery guy in the morning.”
The first defendant said that the above-mentioned incident occurred on June 14, 2021.
” Then, on Tuesday, we drank, smoke loud and I added Rophynol to his drink. We had sex, and I was on the bed and he was on a chair.
“ 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 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.
“I pushed him away which resulted in his hitting his head against a stool that had a glass, he had a cut on his leg and he became weak.”
Ojukwu said that she then took a knife and stabbed Ataga on the neck, ribs and stomach, so he would not be able to harm her.
“ I tied his hands with a handkerchief. His blood was out and I was scared.
“ I just packed everything, my clothes was 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 was a friend. I didn’t know him that deeply, and we didn’t talk regularly,” Chidinma narrated.
Chidinma mentioned that she was not assited to kill the deceased, she did it all alone. When asked why she didnt shout for help, she replied that she was obviously scared, thats why she ran.
Also in the video, the ninth prosecution witness in the murder trial, DSP Olusegun Bamidele was seen in interrogating Ojukwu at Panti. he asked her several questions.
He asked her why she was using a foreign phone number and the motive behind her hiding her real phone number. Chidinma said that she already had a foreign number registered on social media which she used to chat with people. He also asked her why she did not reveal her identity to the owner of the service apartment while booking for it. “She didn’t ask for my identification, If she had said that the place was not available I would have left for another place.” she replied.
Prosecution counsel, Mrs Adenike Oluwafemi, reminded the witness of his evidence on May 10, when he said that he had recovered some items from the defendant’s house.
Bamidele replied affirmative by listing the things he allegedly recovered from Chidinma’s house. He told Justice Yetunde Adesanya that he recovered a small pink purse containing two syringes, eight pieces of Rophynol tablets, two sanitary pads, a small perfume, jewellery, a note book, a diary and a HP laptop, with other he other items which includes an identity card with the name: Ojukwu Chidinma Adora, Usifo’s driver’s licence, Ojukwu’s United Bank for Africa automated teller machine card and Super net identity card in Usifo Ataga’s name.
Having identifyied the items, Oluwafemi beseeched the court to admit them as evidence which was objected by Ojukwu’s counsel, Mr C.C. Ezebube, who stated that the custody of the items were not specified before the court – from the moment of recovery to that of tendering before the court.
“Some of the items could have been picked from anywhere, there is no originality as these items can be reproduced from anywhere” He said. However the judge dismissed the objection and tendered them in evidence.
The case has been adjourned until Wednesday 12th October for continuation of trial.