The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the father of Chidinma Ojukwu, the girl who allegedly stabbed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to death.
A police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said the father was arrested for resisting Chidinma’s arrest and for his violent disposition towards the policemen, who came for her.
He said “She (Chidinma) stays with her dad. Her dad and mom don’t live together. Her father was arrested on Wednesday, because he resisted his daughter’s arrest. He never believed that his daughter committed any crime until Thursday. He is at Panti as we speak.’’
Recall that Chidinma, who claimed to be a 300-level student in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, confessed to stabbing Ataga to death while being paraded at the state police command headquarters, Ikeja,.
Punch reported that a lecturer in the department confirmed Chidinma to be one of the students. The lecturer added that although Chidinma is an introvert, she is easily noticed because of her beauty and innocence. “I know her (Chidinma) because of her beauty and innocent look. She is an introvert to the core. The lecturer said.
“Left for her striking beauty, she is not likely to be noticed by anyone, because she doesn’t talk in class.” The lecturer added.
Punch also reported that some of her class mates stated that Chidinma was a part time student of the institution adding that she is an introvert. “Yes, she (Chidinma) is a 300-level part time student of Mass Communication. I know her, but we are not on talking terms; she doesn’t interact with many people. She is a recluse.’’ One of the students said
“She is a cool girl, who comes for lectures and leaves afterwards; she has few friends, who she talks to. I don’t really know much about her.” Another student said.
Hakkem Odumosu , the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, had earlier said the 21-year-old undergraduate was tracked for 48 hours and was arrested at her parents’ residence in the Yaba area of the state on Wednesday.
Odumosu said, “The victim, one Usifo Michael Ataga, happened to operate a media house. The lady, Chidinma Ojukwu, 21, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos, checked into the service apartment in Lekki with the man on a Sunday.”
“They were there together as friends, but on Tuesday, she departed and left the man inside. So, when the man did not come out on Tuesday and Wednesday, those who were evacuating the trash bins went in to do their normal duty and discovered that the door to the apartment was half opened.”
“When they entered, Ataga was found on the floor in a pool of blood. He wore only his pair of boxers. So, we started our investigation and we were able to track the prime suspect and got her arrested. She has confessed to the crime. Odumosu added.
“She said the drugs and alcohol that both of them took got them high and they were trying to have fun, but she resisted and the man insisted on having his way and that led to the fracas. She reached out for the kitchen knife and stabbed the man twice in the neck and once in the stomach. After he died, she took his belongings and fled.”
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Recall that Niger Delta Connect reported earlier that while the owner of the rented apartment where the tragic incident took place had been arrested, Odumosu also stated that Ataga’s bank account had been blocked to prevent further withdrawals
The 300-level Mass Communication student, identified as Chidinma, while being paraded by the police at the state command in Ikeja said she began a romantic relationship with Mr Ataga four months ago.
“We were in the lodge smoking. He was trying to make advances on me. I was tired and he became violent on it. I let him have his way”, said Chidinma while speaking to journalists.
“Towards afternoon, he ordered roofies. We took it together and ate food. He became high. I was still not happy with the first one (sex) that we had, so, I was staying on my own, smoking and drinking. He, too, was on his own.” Chidinma added.
Items recovered from Chidinma include a driving licence, complimentary cards, Access Bank’s statement of account, a Nigerian passport with number B50010434 belonging to the suspect, one National Identification card bearing the suspect’s name, UBA Automated Teller Machine debit card bearing the suspect’s name and a University of Lagos ID card in her name.