Chidinma is facing nine-count charge including murder, forgery, and stealing
The ongoing trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, the alleged murder suspect of Super Television Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, was halted yesterday due to the absence of her defense counsel, Onwuka Egwu.
Chidinma, a former 300-level Mass Communication undergraduate of the University of Lagos, is currently facing a nine-count charge related to murder, forgery, and stealing filed against her by the Lagos State Government. She is being tried alongside Adedapo Quadri and her sister, Chioma Egbuchu.
During the hearing, the prosecution counsel, Adenike Oluwafemi, informed the court that Ojukwu’s counsel had conveyed his illness, as well as the unavailability of his junior lawyers due to their involvement in other court cases. However, Oluwafemi assured the court that her own witness was present and ready to give evidence.
The defense counsels for the second and third defendants, Babatunde Busari and P. O. Okpagbo, respectively, were present but did not object to the absence of Ojukwu’s counsel. Consequently, Justice Yetunde Adesanya adjourned the case until June 8, 2023, to continue the trial.
In the previous hearing, the court had ruled on the admissibility of Ojukwu’s confessional statements, ultimately admitting them as evidence. Justice Adesanya stated that the prosecution had successfully proven that the statements were voluntarily given.
Ojukwu, along with her sister Chioma, and Adedapo, stands accused of killing Usifo Ataga, as well as charges of stealing and forging documents. The defendants were arraigned on October 12, 2021, facing a total of nine charges brought against them by the Lagos State Government.
Specifically, Ojukwu and Quadri are facing counts one to eight, which include conspiracy, murder, and stabbing, while Egbuchu, the third defendant, is facing the ninth count for allegedly stealing Ataga’s iPhone 7. The alleged murder occurred on June 15, 2021, at No 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1 in Lagos.