Usifo Ataga: Why Court Ordered The Arrest of Chidinma’s Father, Others

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A magistrate court sitting in Yaba Lagos yesterday ordered that Chidinma Ojukwu, the prime suspect in the death of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga, be remanded for 30 days in prison.

Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo gave the order following a remand application by police prosecutor, Cyril Ejiofor.

Recall that The Standard Gazette reported how Chidinma, a 300-level student of the University of Lagos, was arrested on June 23 for the murder of Usifo and confessed to have stabbed him several times and stole from him through his ATM card in a hotel apartment in Lekki.

Meanwhile, State Criminal Investigative and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Panti has filed criminal charges against Chidinma’s father, Mr. Onoh Ojukwu and four others.

They were arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates court, for alleged obstruction of justice and failing to report a crime to the law enforcement agencies.

Ojukwu, 57, and Babalola Disu, 42, were charged with obstructing the police from performing their duties and failing to report a crime to the police.

The other three defendants, Jessica Egbochi, 28; Abayomi Olutayo, 23; and Ifeoluwa Olowu, 23, were accused of dishonestly receiving stolen items.

He alleged that Ojukwu prevented the police from arresting his daughter, Chidinma. He also stated that Disu failed to report Ataga’s death to the Police.

According to Ejiofor, the other three defendants dishonestly received a MacBook valued at N2.5 million and an IPhone 7 worth N150, 000 belonging to the deceased.

The court heard that the offences contravened Sections 97, 117, 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Chief Magistrate Adedayo admitted each defendant to bail to the tune of N1 million with two sureties each in the like sum, which must make a deposit of N20, 000 into the coffers of the chief registrar.

The case has now been adjourned to September 6.

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