Trial stalled due to bank records of the deceased, court fixes fresh hearing date

Alleged murder of Super TV CEO: Trial stalled due to bank records of the deceased, court fixes fresh hearing date

The trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, the suspected killer of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga will resume on Tuesday, April 26, after it was stalled on Monday owing to a contest over the integrity of some bank records of the deceased.

 


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When the matter was called at the Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, two representatives of the banks involved sought to tender the statements of account of the deceased as evidential documents.

 

Chidinma’s counsel, Onwuka Egwu, however, objected to the tendering of the statement by Access bank on the grounds that the defence was been taken by surprise.

 

Another lawyer, Babatunde Busari, who represented the second defendant, Adedapo Quadri, also raised similar objections. He noted that the bank statement sought to be tendered was different from the account details already tendered to the court as an exhibit.

 

This prompted the Counsel to the Lagos State Government, a Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Adenike Oluwafemi, to ask the court to grant a short adjournment to enable her to cross-check and tidy her documents.

 

Justice Yetunde Adesanya thereafter adjourned till Tuesday, April 26, for the continuation of the trial.

 

Miss Ojukwu and Quadri, both key suspects in the alleged murder Ataga, were arraigned before the court in October last year.

 

The 21-year-old Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos was arrested on June 23 after Ataga who she claimed was her boyfriend, was found dead at a Service apartment in the Lekki area of Lagos State with multiple wounds on June 16. 

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