Chidinma Ojukwu, an undergraduate accused of killing Michael Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, would be charged for murder alongside two others, government prosecutors said.
Cyril Ajifor, Police prosecutor stated this on Monday, Sept. 6, when the suspects appeared before a magistrate court in Yaba area of Lagos.
Ajifor told the court that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had issued a legal advice recommending their trial for murder before the high court having jurisdiction over such matters.
The persons to be charged are Miss Chidinma Ojukwu, Chioma Egbuchu; her elder sister, and one Adedapo Quadri.
The DPP’s statement reads, “After careful consideration of facts available in the case, this office is of the firm view that a prima facie case of conspiring to murder, murder, conspiracy to commit felony to wit; forgery, forgery and making documents without authority contrary to sections 233, 222, 411, 363 and 370 respectively of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, exists against Ojukwu Chindinma Adaora and Adedapo Quadri”.
“Facts available also establish the offence of having possession of things reasonably suspected to have been stolen contrary to section 329 of criminal Law of Lagos against Egbuchu Chioma.”
The DPP also advised that four out of the five defendants including the suspect’s father be set free while Chioma Egbuchu, the suspect’s elder sister found in the possession of the deceased phone is to continue her trial.
Chidinma, 21-year-old 300 level student of University of Lagos had been arrested and paraded by the police on June 24, 2021 in connection with the death of the TV boss who was stabbed in a short-let apartment by the suspect.
The suspect alongside one Adedapo Quadri had been brought before the Magistrate Court at Yaba on Aug. 9 by the prosecutor requesting their remand to further police investigations which was granted. The magistrate had adjourned till Monday, Sept. 6.
The magistrate further adjourned the matter till Sept. 29 while awaiting further information from the DPP.
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