The trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, a University of Lagos 300-level Mass Communication student accused of murdering Usifo Ataga, the chief executive officer of Super TV, was postponed today in the Lagos State High Court, sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square Annex.
Recall that at the last sitting in October, Chidinma, her co-accused Adebayo Quadri and one Chioma Egbuchu pleaded not guilty to the nine-count charge before Justice Yetunde Adesanya and the case was subsequently adjourned to November 9 for the prosecution led by the Director of Public Prosecution from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Olayinka Adeyemi to open its case against the accused persons.
At the resumption of the trial today, Mrs. Adeyemi told the judge that two witnesses were present in court. But, counsel for the second defendant, Babatunde Busari told the court that the copy of the proof of evidence on the case supplied to him by the prosecution wasn’t legible and that a video clip that formed part of the proof of evidence wasn’t audible.
The case was adjourned to Thursday, November 11 to enable the prosecution to amend the court processes. Miss Ojukwu and Mr Quadri are alleged to have conspired amongst themselves to murder the Super TV boss on June 15, 2021, at 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, by stabbing him repeatedly with a knife in his neck and chest. They were arraigned on eight counts bordering on murder, forgery and stealing.
One of Chidinma’s relatives, Chioma Egbuchu, was also arraigned for being in possession of the late Mr Ataga’s stolen iPhone 7, which was said to have been recovered from her. According to the prosecution, the offences are punishable under Sections 222, 233, 280, 329, 365, 370, and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.