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Court Hears How Chidinma Ojukwu Transferred N5M From Ataga’s Account The Day He Was Murdered

Chidinma Ojukwu Transferred N5 Million

A Lagos state High court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) heard how Chidinma Ojukwu transferred N5 million from Usifo Ataga’s account to another account.

Chidinma Ojukwu is alleged to have committed the act on June 15th, 2021, the day Utaga was assassinated. The ninth prosecution witness in the trial, DSP Olusegun Bamidele, revealed this while testifying in the ongoing trial of Chidinma Ojukwu.

The 300-level Mass Communication undergraduate of the University of Lagos is standing trial before Justice Yetunde Adesanya for the alleged murder of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.

Chidinma Ojukwu is also accused of theft and forgery alongside her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and a certain Adedapo Quadri.

Abubakar Mohammed, the security guard at the short-term rental apartment, said during his court hearing on November 16, 2021, that Chidinma left the apartment on the night of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, and never came back.

He also informed the court that Michael Usifo Ataga’s body was discovered on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021.

When the hearing of the case resumed on Thursday, October 27th, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP), Mrs. Adenike Oluwafemi, informed the court that the matter was for continuation of the trial.

Oluwafemi requested exhibit P11, which is Ataga’s bank statement, and asked the witness to tell the court why he had the deceased’s bank statements.

The witness said that during the investigation and with the aim of knowing what might have motivated the first accused to kill the deceased and since they recorded Ataga’a bank, they wrote to the bank to request the Bank statement of the deceased and a copy was given to them.

He said that from a close look at the copies of the bank statements coupled with the fact that the phones of the deceased were already in the possession of the first defendant and have been in control of the account she purchased airtime.

Bamidele said that on June 15th, 2021, Ojukwu, the first accused, used the deceased’s phone to transfer five million naira from his account to another bank.

“On June 16, 2021, four transactions of N20,000 was made from the deceased’s account; on June 17, another withdrawal of N20,000 was made five times and the remark was: transfer between customers.

“On the same June 16, N50,000 was transferred to Nkechi Mogbo, N11,200 transferred to Caprical Capital.

On the same June 16, another N50,000 was transferred from Ataga’s account to Mogbo and N93,000 transferred from Ataga’s GTBank to his Access bank account,” he testified.

He added that 110,000.75kobo was deducted from the deceased’s account on June 18, 2021.

“On June 19, 2021, a transfer of N20,000 was made four times, another transfer of N20,000 was made five times and it was through the USSD code,” Bamidele said.

The witness also told the court that the police wrote to the bank to obtain Ataga’s bank statement.

He said that an internet transfer of N10,000 to Ojukwu took place on June 13, 2021, adding that N105,000 was transferred to her on the same day for payment of the apartment where Ataga died.

He said that the payment went to Nkechi Mogbo, the owner of the apartment.

“On that same June 13, there was an N13,000 purchase transaction at Ango Villa and 14,200 transactions for purchase at Dwine Bar Global. On the same June 13, there was also a transfer of N20,399.

“On June 14, 2021, there was N21,000 transfer from Ataga’s account to Chidinma’s account and another transfer of N15,000 to Chidinma.

“There was a N5,000 transaction that was made on June 14 and paid to Adiba online choppy,” he said.

When the prosecution requested that the defendant’s written statements be admitted as evidence, Ojukwu’s attorney, Mr. Onwuka Egwu, objected to the admissibility.

He said that Ojukwu did not voluntarily make these statements. He said the statements were obtained through oppression, inducement, intimidation, and under duress.

The lawyer asked the court to examine the voluntary nature of the statements. The second defendant’s lawyer, Mr. Babatunde Busari, did not object to the admissibility.

Egbuchu’s lawyer, Miss M. A. Abia-Bassey, also did not object. Therefore, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to conduct a trial within a trial on that.

The judge adjourned the case to November 8, 2022, for trial within trial.

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