A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ordered that Chidinma Ojukwu, who has been charged for the murder of Usifo Ataga, Chief Executive Officer of Super Television, will face a murder trial at the Lagos State High Court.
The court also ordered that one Adedapo Quadri should face trial for Ataga’s murder, while Chioma Egbuchu, who was allegedly found in possession of Ataga’s iPhone 7, should face trial for possession of stolen items.
Adeola Adedayo, the Chief Magistrate, gave the order on Monday following legal advice from Olayinka Adeyemi, Director of Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
According to the state DPP, there is prima facie evidence of no fewer than six offences against Miss Ojukwu and her alleged accomplice, Quadri.
The DPP, in its legal advice dated 20 August, said: “After careful consideration of facts available in the case file, this office is of the firm view that a prima facie case of conspiring to murder, murder, conspiracy to commit felony to wit: forgery, and making documents without authority contrary to sections 233, 222, 411, 363 and 370 respectively, of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, exists against Chidinma Ojukwu and Adedapo Quadri.
“A prima facie case of stealing contrary to Section 280 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 exists against Chidinma Ojukwu.
“Facts available also establish the offence of having possession of a thing reasonably suspected to have been stolen, contrary to Section 329 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 against Egbuchu Chioma.”
The court also discharged Chidinma’s father, Onoh Ojukwu; Babalola Disu, Abayomi Olutayo, and Ifeoluwa Olowu, who are the first, second, fourth and fifth defendants respectively, as well as seven other persons.
According to the DPP, the arrested persons, which also include Nkechi Mogbo, Tony Okonye, Damilola Adekoya, Bola Adekoya, Segun Akinsanya, Oluwatoni Dada, and Adams Kenneth, were all arrested based on mere suspicion.
Chidinma and Quadri were appearing before the court after they were ordered to be remanded for 30 days at the Kirikiri Custodial Centre on August 9.
Chief Magistrate Adedayo adjourned the case till September 29 for a report of filing of the murder case at the High Court by the DPP.