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UNILAG Washes Hands Off Student Killer Of TV Chief

University of Lagos UNILAG

June 25, (THEWILL) – The University of Lagos on Friday said it has not taken any decision over the case of Miss Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, the confessed killer of London based Chief Executive Officer of popular Super TV, late Usifo Michael Ataga.

The university said Chidinma’s case came to the institution through the popular news media just like any other Nigerian adding that the alleged offence was committed not on the campus of the institution.

Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mrs. Nonye Oguama, told newsmen on Friday, that Chidinma’s case is not an issue for the University of Lagos as, according to her, it’s an offence she committed outside the campus of the institution.

Asked if the institution is making any steps to act on her matter, the spokesperson asked, “Like what? On a matter that happened outside the campus? On her personal life?”

A lecturer in the department, who spoke to newsmen said, “I know her (Chidinma) because of her beauty and innocent look. She is an introvert to the core.

“Left for her striking beauty, she is not likely to be noticed by anyone, because she doesn’t talk in class.”

Another lecturer also confirmed that Chidinma is a 300-level student in the department.

“Yes, in our group chats, where there are several professors, it was confirmed that she is a 300-level student of Mass Communication, UNILAG,” the lecturer said.

One of the classmates, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “Yes, she (Chidinma) is a 300-level student of Mass Communication. I know her, but we are not on talking terms; she doesn’t interact with many people. She is a recluse.

“She is a cool girl, who comes for lectures and leaves afterwards; she has few friends, who she talks to. I don’t really know much about her.”

THEWILL reports that Chidinma, a 300-Level student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), was arrested by operatives of the Lagos Police Command and paraded on Thursday over the killing of the Super TV boss at a Lekki, Lagos rented apartment.

The suspect and her father were arrested at their residence, No. 57 Akinwunmi Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, on Wednesday, the police revealed.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu revealed that the father was arrested for resisting Chidinma’s arrest and for becoming violent with policemen, who went to apprehend her.

The police chief added that the man did not believe that his daughter committed any crime until she confessed on Thursday, adding that he was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba.

“She (Chidinma) stays with her dad. Her dad and mom don’t live together. Her father was arrested on Wednesday because he resisted his daughter’s arrest. He never believed that his daughter committed any crime until Thursday. He is at Panti as we speak, but he was not paraded today (Thursday)”, the source stated.

During her parade, Chidinma said she had been in a romantic relationship with Ataga for about four months before the ugly incident.

She said, “We were in the lodge smoking. He was trying to make advances on me. I was tired and he became violent on it. I let him have his way. Towards afternoon, he ordered roofies. We took it together and ate food. He became high. I was still not happy with the first one (sex) that we had, so, I was staying on my own, smoking and drinking. He, too, was on his own.

“He came to me and I was like I am not happy with what he did. I was like, ‘You don’t help me, you don’t assist me with anything, you are just playing with me around’. He was like, ‘Take my ATM and withdraw what you want’.

“He later became violent trying to get to me and I was resisting and defending myself. At some point, he hit my head on the wall and I also retaliated.

“At some point, he was chasing me around the kitchen cabinet. I took a knife and stabbed his neck. I approached the door and he followed me. I stabbed him twice on the neck side. I threw the knife to the bed and he was going for it but I also went for it. He dragged the knife with me and it broke and he fell on the floor.”

The undergraduate also disclosed that after stabbing the late CEO, she withdrew N380,000 from his account using his ATM card.