A Yaba Magistrates’ Court has remanded Chidinma Ojukwu, the suspected killer of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, for 30 days.
Naija News earlier reported that the Lagos Police Command had arraigned the 21-year-old suspect over the alleged murder of the Ataga.
Police counsel Cyril Ejiofor had prayed the court to remand both first defendant Ojukwu and second defendant, Adedapo Quadri, pending the issuance of a Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) report on the matter.
Director, Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Dr Babajide Martins, who observed that the prosecution failed to furnish him with the remand application, did not oppose Ejiofor’s prayer “on principle.”
Granting the prosecution’s prayer, Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo remanded Ojukwu for 30 days following an application by the police.
She also remanded Ojukwu’s co-defendant on the same terms.
Recall that Usifo was found dead with multiple stabs at a short let apartment on Adebowale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase I where he had checked in Chidinma.
Chidinma was apprehended by the Lagos State Police Command on June 23 in her father’s house in Yaba and paraded at the police headquarters in Ikeja.
The prime suspect confessed to stabbing Usifo with a knife under the influence of alcohol and withdrawing N380,000 from the victim’s account with his ATM card.
She, however, denied her earlier statement in a video, absolving herself from the murder.
Usifo was buried on July 30 in a burial which was attended by his family members, including his wife, and friends.