Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21-year-old student of UNILAG who is currently the main suspect in the murder case of Usifo Ataga has denied killing the late CEO of Super TV.
Recall that when Chidinma was initially arrested by Policemen, she confessed to killing Ataga.
She had confessed to stabbing him “twice on the neck side” while she was being paraded by the Lagos state police command.
However, in a recent interview with Crime Fighters, Chidinma explained that she didn’t kill Ataga, and that she only confessed at the time because of pressure.
Chidinma also claimed that she had met the deceased in a pool of his own blood when she returned from where she had gone to get food and drugs for the pair.
She also explained that the fear of being arrested by the police informed her indecision not to report the matter before she left the crime scene for her house.
“I went to withdraw money from the ATM and when I was leaving, he locked the door after me. When I came back, I noticed that the door wasn’t locked and the duvet was on the floor.
“The couch was facing the door and the bed was stained with blood already. The floor was bloody and the TV was on. The room was disarranged like someone broke into it.
“I was afraid that if I raised an alarm, I would be arrested for the crime. I packed my things and left the room. I took the bag that contained his ID card and bank statements”.
” I don’t have anything to do with his death. I know someone did it, but I don’t know who the person is. I don’t know what happened when I went to buy the food. I did not kill him.”
Chidinma also noted that nobody is influencing her claim as believed in some quarters, explaining that she has not communicated with anyone from her family since her arrest.
“No one is influencing my statements. I have not spoken to anyone since my arrest, not even my relation or anybody close to me,” she added.
She also claimed that her decision to withdraw money from Ataga’s account after his death was because the deceased had promised her the amount before the unfortunate incident.
“I just withdrew the money because he had already promised me, it’s not like I had anything to do with his death. I don’t have anything to do with his death,” she added.
Reacting to this new revelation, Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos police commissioner, likened her new stance to an “afterthought.”
The CP said the command will leave no stone unturned to unravel the actual circumstances that led to Ataga’s death and bring those behind his murder to book.