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Chidinma Recants, Says I Don’t Know Who Killed Super TV Boss, Ataga

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A Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, on Tuesday, continued the trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, who was alleged to have killed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga.

Ojukwu, an undergraduate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, was arraigned alongside Adedapo Quadri and Chioma Egbuchu on October, 12, 2021, on nine counts over the alleged murder of Ataga.

The court resumed watching the recorded video footage showing the confessional statement of Ojukwu before Justice Yetunde Adesanya.

In the video, she said she did not know who killed the deceased as she had gone out on the day of the incident.

She said she saw Ataga on the floor when she came back, and immediately packed her property and left because she was scared.

On the last adjourned date on October 11, 2022, the video recording was played, showing the lifeless body of Ataga.

A part of the video had also shown Ojukwu’s confession where she said she killed the deceased on her own.

In the video played on Tuesday, Ojukwu was asked why she denied knowing the deceased during interrogation.

She said she did not deny knowing him but that she did not kill him.

Ojukwu said, “I don’t know who came in after I left the room. When I came back, I saw him bleeding. I had to leave because I was scared, I did not kill him, I don’t know who killed him.”

She said she couldn’t call for help when she saw him in a pool of blood because she was scared, noting that she also picked the deceased’s two iPhones and Macbook, which were among her things before she left.

She further said the deceased ordered the Loud smoke and Rophynol.

The prosecutor, Yusuf Sule, called the ninth witness, DSP Olusegun Bamidele, who explained how the hand-written statement of the first defendant was taken and how other defendants were arrested.

Bamidele said, “She started writing by herself, but because her handwriting wasn’t eligible, I told her that she should ensure that her writing was legible or write in capital letters. It was at that point that she said I should write for her and she confessed to killing the deceased.

“She also mentioned how she killed Michael Usifo Ataga and went away with the knife, phones and Macbook laptop. We took the first defendant to Computer Village with her laptop and we located the phone hub.”

Bamidele said one Yomi confirmed that there was a transaction between his colleague and Ojukwu over the laptop.

He said, “That was how the Macbook was recovered and Ojukwu confessed that she was the one who sold the laptop to them. We studied her call logs and noticed that there was a frequent call log between June 15, 17, 18 and 21, which led to the arrest of the 2nd defendant. He threw away his phone through the window and also attempted to jump through the window before he was arrested.”

The witness said four other phones were recovered from the second defendant, who explained how he met Ojukwu.

Bamidele also said the second defendant disclosed how Ojukwu had asked him to procure Loud smoke and Rophynol for her a number of times which he delivered to Lekki.

The witness said the third defendant was arrested through the help of the foster father of Chidinma, Onoh Ojukwu, and their uncle, Obi, alongside their mother.

The case was adjourned till October 20, for continuation of trial.

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Adeleke: Timi Frank Urges NJC, EFCC to Probe Osun Tribunal Judges, Says Judgement Compromised

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A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Friday, described the majority judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that purportedly sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as highly compromised.

Frank in a statement in reaction to the judgement in Abuja, said the verdict fell short of expectations and does not reflect the will of the majority of the people of Osun, who freely elected Senator Adeleke as Governor.

He called on the National Judicial Council to urgently cause a probe of the verdict with a view to restoring Adeleke’s mandate as well as penalizing any of the tribunal members found to have compromised on integrity.

He also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently investigate the judges who wrote the majority judgement and prosecute those found to have based their decision on other considerations rather than the true facts canvassed during the hearing of the case.

He also called on the United States of America to place a visa ban on the Osun tribunal judges found to have used their highly exalted position as arbiters to derail and frustrate the growth of democracy in the country.

He commended the judge who wrote the minority judgement for sticking to the truth and siding with the wishes and aspirations of Osun people that elected Adeleke during the last governorship election.

He however urged the people of Osun to remain calm and law abiding with the certainty that the mandate they freely gave to Adeleke would be retrieved at the appellate court.

He vowed that Nigerians will not fold their arms and watch any attempt to use the judiciary to again steal Adeleke’s mandate through the backdoor.

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Ozekhome Delivers ABSU’s 29th Convocation Lecture, Bags Doctorate Honours

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Renowned Constitutional Lawyer, Human Rights Activist and Scholar, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, CON, OFR, Ph.D, has delivered the 29th Convocation Lecture of the Abia State University, Uturu.

The event, which held at the University premises, on Thursday, saw the Visiting Professor of Law speaking on a topical issue, “PRIVATE V PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: THE POLITICS, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS”.

Consequently, Ozekhome, will today, be conferred with the LL.D doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) by the same University (his 13th doctorate degree; one by academic thesis).

The conferment will be done alongside other distinguished Nigerians who have made their mark in different spheres of human endeavor including Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, CON; African’s Billionaire business woman and philanthropist, Mrs Folurunsho Alakija, Chief Reginald Stanley and Chief Aigboji Aig-Imoukhuade.

Prof Ogbulu, who disclosed this during the 29th Pre-Convocation press briefing at the conference hall of his office said the event will also feature the conferment of first degrees, higher degrees, professor Emeritus of the millennium, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ogwo. E. Ogwo.

According to Prof Ogbulu the choice of the notable personalities was not for any monetary gains rather for their achievements in various endeavors and contributions to humanity and national development.

He further disclosed that the convocation ceremony would equally feature the commissioning of projects by the Governor of the state and Visitor to the Institution, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.

Prof Ogbulu while congratulating graduands and awardees, revealed that a total of 3,724 students of the University would be graduating, adding that a total number of 19 students made first class honours.

He used the opportunity to thank Governor Ikpeazu “for deploying human and material resources to curb the incessant menace of kidnapping along the Okigwe-Uturu road which for a while hitherto gave negative image to the university”.

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Runsewe Commends Sanwo-Olu for Pragmatic Investment in Creative Industry

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Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture( NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has said that Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu has shown deep and unprecedented commitment to the growth of cultural tourism economy in the state, and Nigeria in general.

Listing detailed creative sector interventions by the tourism loving governor in recent times such as reconstruction of the Badagry slave Museum, unveiling of John Randle Yoruba HISTORY and CULTURE Museum, hosting of UNITED Nation’s World Tourism Organization conference and the iconic 35th edition of Nigeria’s biggest cultural festival expo, National Festival of Arts and culture (NAFEST), in November, last year, Runsewe commends sanwo-Olu for these upbeat, pragmatic efforts, geared towards bringing the Creative tourism economy in Lagos, back to local and global reckoning and acceptation.

Speaking to the Media on the sidelines of the official commissioning of the John Randle Yoruba culture and history Museum by President Muhammadu Buhari , Tuesday in Lagos, Otunba Runsewe who also doubles as Africa Region President,. World Craft Council( WCC) , stated further that the blue rail infrastructure, which now dots Lagos skyline, will aid the rebound and attraction of tourists traffic to Lagos state.

“It’s indeed heart warming to see all the tourism infrastructure and investment on platforms desirable to growing a sustainable creative cultural tourism economy in state, and thus empowering local people and industry practitioners. Governor sanwo-Olu is a tourism care giver, futuristic and a tourism job creator” Runsewe emphasized.

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