On Thursday, a Lagos High Court in Tafawa Balewa Square heard testimony on how Chidinma Ojukwu, who is accused of killing Super TV CEO Usifo Ataga, reportedly moved five million Naira from his bank account.
Ataga’s death occurred on June 15, 2021, the day Ojukwu reportedly transmitted the funds.
DSP Olusegun Bamidele, the ninth prosecution witness in the case, revealed this during his testimony in the trial of Ojukwu, a third-year mass communication student at the University of Lagos.
Security guard Mr. Abubakar Muhammed testified in court on November 16, 2021, that Ojukwu left the flat on the evening of June 15, 2021, and never came back. Ataga was reportedly killed there.
Additionally, he informed the court that Ataga’s corpse was found inside the residence on June 16, 2021.
For the murder of Ataga, Ojukwu is on trial before Justice Yetunde Adesanya.
Along with her sister Chioma Egbuchu and another person named Adedapo Quadri, she is also accused of stealing and forging documents.
On Thursday, Mrs. Adenike Oluwafemi, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP), escorted Bamidele onto the witness stand.
Bamidele was questioned by Oluwafemi regarding Exhibit P11, Ataga’s Access Bank statement, and asked to inform the court of his knowledge of it.
The witness said that while looking into the suspected murder, the police requested a statement of the deceased’s account in writing from Access Bank Plc.
According to Bamidele, the bank complied.
He said that Ojukwu possessed the deceased’s cell phones and had been in charge of the account.
According to Bamidele, on June 15, 2021, Ojukwu, the first defendant, transferred five million Naira from the deceased’s account to another bank using the deceased’s phone.
“Four transactions totaling N20,000 were made on June 16, 2021, from the deceased’s account. On June 17, another withdrawal totaling N20,000 was made five times, with the notation: transfer between customers.