Police operatives have arrested a student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) over the murder of Usifo Ataga, the chief executive of Super TV, a media brand situated in the commercial city.
Hakeem Odumosu, the state commissioner of police, confirmed the development on Thursday.
He said the suspect identified as Chidinma confessed to committing the crime.
Odumosu, who spoke with journalists while parading the suspect at the police command, also said that Ataga’s bank account has been blocked to prevent further withdrawals by those taking advantage of his death.
“Chidimma Adaora Ojukwu… conspired with others now at large and allegedly murdered one Michael Usifo Ataga, m, 50, by stabbing him severally with a sharp object at a Short Service Apartment, situated at No 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki, Phase 1, Lagos,” Odumosu said.
“The prime suspect, Chidinma, who had earlier booked for the apartment on 13/6/21 secretly, left the apartment after the deed had been done on 15/6/21 at about 17 30hrs.
“The suspect was tracked and arrested in her residence at No. 57, Akinwunmi Street, Alagomeji, Yaba-Lagos.
“During a search, the prime suspect and Mass Communication Student of the University of Lagos was caught with
a blood-soaked cloth, ostensibly worn on the day of the incident.
“The suspect confessed to have stabbed the deceased with a kitchen knife after a struggle.
“She further confessed to have taken the knife away while leaving the scene and disposed same in a dust bin at her residence. It has also been revealed that the suspect equally stole the deceased iPhone.
“The investigation is ongoing to arrest other accomplices. However, the Case will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.”
Ataga was reported to have been found in a pool of his blood after he was stabbed to death, with multiple wounds found in several parts of his body.
The sum of N5 million was said to have been withdrawn from his bank account and his phones and debit cards were also missing.
It was also gathered that the owner of the apartment rented out to the late CEO had since been arrested and is currently in police detention.
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