Ataga’s Murder: Absence of Defense Counsel Stalls Chidinma Trial

The trial of a former UNILAG undergraduate, Chidinma Ojukwu, the prime suspect in the ongoing murder case of Super TV boss, Micheal Usifo Ataga, was stalled today, owing to the absence of the defendant’s counsel.

At the resumption of the trial today, Counsel to the Prosecuting counsel, Mrs. Oluwafemi Adenike, informed the court that the first defendant’s counsel, Mr. Okemezie, was indisposed and could not represent his client.

She also told the court that a prosecuting team has a witness in court, a Police officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Olusegun Bamidele.

After listening to the counsel, the presiding judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, adjourned the matter till June 8, 2023, as earlier scheduled for the continuation of trial.

On the last adjourned date, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, of the Lagos State High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), had fixed May 30, 2023, for continuation after she admitted two statements in evidence.

She also mentioned that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant was not coaxed into writing her statement when she was arrested.

Chidinma is on trial for allegedly killing Ataga, along with her sister Chioma Egbuchu and another person named Adedapo Quadri, she is also accused of stealing and forging documents.

The defendants were arraigned on October 12, 2021, on a nine-count charge preferred against them by Lagos State Government.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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