Chidinma Makes U-turn, Denies Killing Super TV CEO

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Chidinma was paraded at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on June 24, 2021.

A student, of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Chidinma Ojukwu, who was allegedly involved in the killing of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, has made new revelations about the circumstances surrounding the murder.

In an interview with Crime Fighters released on Monday, the 21-year-old said contrary to her initial statements that she had stabbed Ataga as a way of self-defense, she had nothing to do with his death.

She explained that while they were lodged in the short-let apartment, she briefly stepped out to buy some things only to return to his lifeless body.

“As I was leaving the apartment, he stood up to lock the door. When I came back, I knocked but there was no response. Then I opened the door and realized it wasn’t locked,” she said.

“The duvet was on the floor and pillows. The couch was facing the door and the bed was stained with blood and the floor where he was. Music was on, the TV was on. The room was in disarray like someone broke in.

“Then I saw him on the floor, I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid. I thought if I raised an alarm I would be arrested because we were the only people in the room”.

Also speaking in the interview, a cousin of the deceased said the state in which he later found the corpse was very questionable. According to him, the extent of the stab wounds as well as the way Ataga’s hands were tied, was so bad that the act could not have been done by just Chidinma.

She, on the other hand, claimed that the only reason she took responsibility for the incident initially was that it was just both of them in the room and she felt that no one would believe her story.

“I never had anything to do with his death. I didn’t involve anybody. I don’t know who must have come into the apartment. Definitely, somebody did but I don’t who the person is. I don’t know what happened when I left to buy food,” she said.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked the police to ensure that Chidinma does not die in police custody.

Members of the House said they were worried about the public parade and media trial which she is being subjected to.

Representative Tolulope Sadipe, who raised the motion at plenary on Tuesday as a matter of urgent public importance, expressed concerns that she could be driven to depression and suicide.

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