Chidinma Ojukwu, the prime suspect in the murder of Lagos businessman Usifo Ataga has made a complete turn saying she didn’t kill him.
The 21-year old student had sometime last month, given a story of how killed superTv boss.
Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, had revealed that she was high on drugs and alcohol when she attacked and stabbed Michael Usifo Ataga to death during their stay in a short-let apartment in Lagos. This story didn’t quit go down well with the family of the late CEO. They it wasn’t possible that Chidimma alone would’ve carried out the horrific act unaided.
The family said that late Usifo’s neck was broken when inspected. They also disclosed that there were marks on his wrists, suggesting that he could have been bound.
A rope suspected to have been used to tie his hands was reportedly found inside the short-let apartment on 19 Adewale Oshin Street in Lekki phase 1.
Elder brother to the deceased, Dr. Isi Ataga, in a statement entitled: Who will speak for Usifo Ataga?’, also confirmed these findings.He said: “Usifo died a horrific death. He was not stabbed two or even five times; he was stabbed multiple times.His hands were bound tightly and the marks were still all over his wrists, accompanied with evidence of torture and assault even as his corpse lay in the morgue”.
But in a recent interview she granted the police media team which was aired by Crime Fighter TV, a police sponsored programme, Ojukwu Chidimma claimed that she walked into the room from an errand only to find Ataga stabbed, blood everywhere and the apartment in shambles.
In the eight minutes and eight seconds video, Ojukwu spotting a new hairdo, wore a different set of clothing and looked quite refreshed and unruffled.
She claimed her earlier admission of stabbing Ataga to death was made under pressure and fear that people would not believe her.
She said someone probably entered the apartment when she left to get the things they needed, killed Ataga, scattered the place and left before her arrival.
She said, “When I came in, the duvet was on the floor, there were pillows and the couch was facing the door and the bed was stained with blood already.“The floor where he was, there was blood and the TV was on. The room was already disarranged like someone broke in and I didn’t know what to do so I took my things and left.“I was afraid.
I didn’t know if I had raised the alarm they would have arrested me because I and him were the only people in the room and I left.“I took his bag that contained his ID, documents and bank statement. I took his phone.“I had nothing to do with his death.
The lady that rented the apartment to me, I messaged her that she should please send the security guy to check on him that I haven’t heard from him. They came to my house and arrested me and they took me to the station.“I didn’t involve anybody.
Somebody must have broken into the apartment. Definitely somebody did that but I don’t know who that person is. I don’t know what happened when I left to buy the food.”Ataga’s friend Okoedo Adomi, has told police they discovered something was wrong with him through the wordings of a text message sent through his phone by someone who impersonated him.
According to him, the late businessman was more of a talking than a texting person, adding that he usually returned calls immediately he missed them.
Adomi told the police that the composition of a text message sent to one of Ataga’s partners, Rahman, which he saw made him suspicious and that was how they went in search of him.
He said there was no way Ataga would have composed a text message that way, adding that he also called many times with no response.