The Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Island on Tuesday listened to the audio recording of a phone conversation between Chidinma Ojukwu and a security guard Abubakar Mohammed at the rented short-let service apartment where Michael Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV was allegedly murdered.
Ojukwu is standing trial for alleged murder, stealing, and forgery alongside her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri.
In the audio recording that was played, Ojukwu was heard saying “hello” while Mohammed also responded by saying “Hello, who is this?”
The first defendant replied, “It’s me” and then she asked the security guard about Ataga’s car. She said, “Is the car around?” “Which car?” Mohammed responded she said: “The Range Rover; that my oga car, the black Range Rover”.
The court also heard when Mohammed asked her why she hasn’t returned since Tuesday night that she left. She responded by saying that she went for a meeting, then he asked her how about the man, and she said he was fine.
In the conversation, the court further heard where Mohammed told the first defendant that as she was not around he could not go and knock on the man’s door.
He further asked her what time she was coming back; she said I am coming; while she was saying “I am coming,” Mohammed asked her to please use her number to call him so that he can have it, and she said ok.
Before listening to this recording, the Lagos State Deputy Director for Public Prosecutions, Mrs Adenike Oluwafemi, asked the ninth prosecution witness, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Olusegun Bamidele, to confirm his testimony of May 9, where he told the court about the security guard’s interaction and conversation with the first defendant.
The three defendants were arraigned on October 12, 2021, on a nine-count charge preferred against them by Lagos State Government.
Ojukwu and Quadri are facing the first to eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, making of bank statements, and stealing.
The third defendant, Egbuchu, is facing the ninth count – stealing of iPhone 7 belonging to the late Ataga.
Ojukwu and Quadri are alleged to have conspired and murdered Ataga on June 15, 2021, by stabbing him several times with a knife on the neck and chest.
This allegedly took place at 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
The duo was also accused of committing forgery by procuring and making bank account statements purported to have been made by the deceased.