A 21-year-old undergraduate of the University of Lagos simply identified as Chidinma, has been arrested for allegedly killing Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga.
Chidinma on Thursday, narrated how she stabbed her lover to death in the Lekki area of Lagos State, following an argument.
She was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.
According to Odumosu, Chidinma was arrested at her parents’ residence in the Yaba area of the state on Wednesday night.
Chidinma, a 300-level student of Mass Communication, narrated she and Ataga had been in a romantic relationship for about four months before the ugly incident.
According to the suspect, she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument broke out between them, and she stabbed him twice.
She further disclosed that after stabbing the late CEO, she withdrew N380,000 from his account using his ATM card.
Chidinma allegedly continued to withdraw money from Ataga’s account and even called GTBank, requesting for to change the details of the bank account.
Ataga was an amateur boxer, hence many quarters believe he was drugged before been stabbed.
He was found with multiple stab wounds indicating he must have been tortured first.
He was killed a day to his birthday in an airbnb apartment he rented to stay with the girl.
Ataga’s business colleagues said he was killed as he was set to announce one of the biggest media projects in Nigeria.
While the owner of the rented apartment where the tragic incident took place had been arrested, Odumosu also said Ataga’s account had been blocked to prevent further withdrawals from it by those taking advantage of his untimely death to deplete the account.
Recall that report reveal that Michael Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, and a director in Super Network Limited, a telecoms firm, was gruesomely murdered.
Ataga, who resides in Banana Island, was reported missing on Sunday, June 13, by his family and friends after he didn’t return to his home in Banana Island and he also didn’t turn up at his Victoria Island office.
All efforts to reach Ataga, who would have turned 50 years old on June 18, proved abortive and this caused distress to his wife and children, who live in Abuja.
Unfortunately, his lifeless body was found on Friday morning, June 18, in a flat in Lekki phase 1 with multiple stab wounds, according to The Street Journal.
Several withdrawals had been made from his account by then.
Ataga, who is married to a manager in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is said to have met the sidechic about two weeks ago and they began a relationship.
To avoid nosy neighbours, Ataga allegedly decided to rent an Airbnb in Lekki, Lagos, where they both checked in to before the unfortunate incidence, the publication reports.
Following his disappearance, concerned friends, family members, the police and DSS operatives all the way from Abuja through the concerted efforts of Ataga’s wife, tracked down the owner of the Airbnb, who received payment from the sidechic’s bank account into which Ataga had previously made a transfer for the payment to.
The apartment was broken into and that was where Ataga was found dead with multiple stab wounds in his neck, chest and thigh.
5 million Naira had been withdrawn from his account before he was killed.
The side chic who was last seen on Tuesday, June 15, when the murder happened, was equally tracked down and arrested alongside the owner of the Airbnb.
Ataga was an amateur boxer and reportedly very strong so his death has come as a shock to friends.
Also, after the sidechic left the apartment following Ataga’s gruesome death, money began to disappear from Ataga’s GTB account. The withdrawals only stopped when an email asked for a change in his account details.
With this, GTBank put an embargo on the account to prevent any further withdrawal.
The mistress is reportedly a prime suspect in Ataga’s murder as security guards at the rentals confirmed that no third party had visited the lovers besides a dispatch rider who made a delivery.