The prime suspect in the murder case of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga, has been accused of booking an apartment on Adebowale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase I, Lagos, where Ataga was killed under the name, ‘Jewel’.
The police disclosed in a report that the phone number used to book the apartment could not be reached after Ataga’s body was discovered in the room on Wednesday, June 16.
The prime suspect had reportedly booked the apartment to have fun with Ataga.
However, the lady who was under the influence of drugs reportedly stabbed her lover multiple times with a knife.
Chidinma Ojukwu who fled the scene of the incident and withdrew a sum of N380,000 from the victim’s account with his ATM card, was eventually tracked down by the police at her father’s residence on Akinwunmi Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, on Wednesday, June 23.
The 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos later confessed to the crime while being paraded at the Lagos State Police command headquarter, Ikeja.
Items recovered from the suspect included a Nigerian passport with No B50010434, a fake driving licence bearing ‘Mary Johnson’ with the suspect’s photograph, an Access Bank statement of account slip, a UBA (United Bank for Africa) ATM debit card bearing her name and a UNILAG identity card.
The police noted that upon investigation it was discovered that Chidinma booked the hotel using a foreign phone number and a pseudonym identified only as Jewel.
It stated that she invited the late Ataga into the apartment on Tuesday, June 15, while the man was found dead around 1 pm the following day by a worker who wanted to clean the room.
The incident was said to have been reported to the police by the operator of the facility, Mrs Nkechi Mogbo.
The report read in part, “Mogbo reported that around 3 pm of June 16, 2021, she received a call from her security guard on Adebowale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase I where she has one flat being used as a short let apartment. She further stated that the security man informed her that one Jewel with a foreign phone number who rented the apartment invited one Usifo Ataga to the apartment yesterday (June 15) and that about 1 pm of June 16 when the cleaner wanted to clean the room, he discovered that the door had been broken.”
“When she (the cleaner) peeped into the room, she discovered that the said Ataga was lying in a pool of blood. All calls put across to the said Jewel to come back to the apartment proved abortive.”
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