- There is a new development regarding confessions by witnesses to Chidinma Ojukwu, who was arrested over the killing of Super TV owner, Usifo Ataga
- A third prosecution witness, a businessman identified as Oluwo has revealed to the court yesterday that Chidinma sold the Late Ataga's laptop to him
- Following this revelation, Justice Adesanya adjourned the case till November 29, for the continuation of trial
Lagos state- New details have emerged as to what led to the death of Micahel Usifo Ataga on Thursday and who actually killed him.
Recently, a businessman, Mr Ifeoluwa Oluwo, has narrated how the laptop of the murdered Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Michael Ataga, was sold to him for N495,000 by Chidinma Ojukwu two days after Ataga’s body was found, The Punch reported.
Chidinma, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos, was accused of killing Ataga.
The undergraduate and two others, Adedapo Quadri and Chioma Egbuchu, are undergoing trial before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos state.
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The Court Proceedings
At the resumed hearing on Thursday, November 25, Oluwo, the third prosecution witness, was led in evidence by the Lagos state prosecuting counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule.
Oluwo said he sells phones, laptops, and accessories at Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, and has been in the business for five years.
According to him, after seeing Chidinma on social media after the sale of the laptop, he immediately ensured that all her documents were kept handy.
The witness identified the first defendant (Chidinma) as the person who came to sell a laptop. According to him, she made a purchase at his office on April 30 and a sale on June 18, 2021, of ‘her’ laptop.
Mr Ifeoluwa confirmed that as dealers in buying and selling of phones, laptops and other accessories, the first defendant came to resell on June 18, 2021, a Macbook pro.
He also explained that after conducting due diligence on the items, he asked her to put in her password to access it, which she did and unlocked it.
He said further that he asked if she had a receipt of purchase for the laptop and if the laptop is for her? According to him, she replied that it was a gift from her boyfriend and that she has two laptops, so she needs to sell one to pay some bills.
He added that Chidinma asked for N600,000 but they were able to negotiate N495,000 and only after the forms were filled and documents were in his possession was the bank transfer made.
Afterward, he said he heard the news on social media regarding the murder case and theft of a laptop. According to him, the name was familiar and close to the name of the customer. He said a few days later the police invited himself and his manager for questioning where they gave their statement.
The witness identified Chidinma as a customer who had purchased a phone on April 30 at the same office.
“On June 18, Chidinma sold me a MacBook Pro laptop for N495,000 after negotiations and market value comparison. In order to make a sale, you have to submit some documents and fill a form with your government identification card, driving license, international passport, voters’ card, and National Identification Number.”
Chidinma's earlier claim
When asked if Chidinma had produced the receipt of the laptop, Oluwo stated that she was not able to provide the receipt as she had insisted that it was a gift from her boyfriend.
During cross-examination, Chidinma’s counsel, Onwuka Egbu, asked if he was shown any documents, receipts, or proof of ownership to show that the laptop was not for the first defendant at Panti but the witness said he was not shown any.
Without further cross-examination by the other counsels, Justice Yetunde Adesanya adjourned the matter to the 29th and 30th November for the continuation of trial, Channels TV also reported.
Super TV CEO: First photos, video emerge as murdered Usifo Ataga is finally laid to rest
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that murdered Super TV CEO Michael Usifo Ataga has been buried.
The man who was 50 years old at the time of his passing was laid to rest at Ikoyi cemetery in Lagos.
Photos from the burial ceremony which held today was shared on Instagram by @bbcnewspidgin.