Ataga’s Murder: Court Admits Chidinma Statements in Evidence

A Lagos High Court, sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS premises, has admitted the two handwritten statements made by Chidinma Ojukwu, the alleged murder suspect of Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, in evidence.

Justice Yetunde Adesanya said that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt the voluntariness of the defendant’s statements.

She said this while ruling on the trial within the trial where the defendant had objected to the admissibility of her statements.

The defendant, through her counsel, Mr Onwuka Egwu, alleged that her statements were not voluntarily made.

Chindinma had, during trial within a trial, alleged that she was slapped and forced to sign statements not voluntarily made by her.

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The former 300-level Mass Communication undergraduate of the University of Lagos is standing trial for the alleged murder of Ataga.

She is also charged with stealing and forgery alongside one Adedapo Quadri and her sister, Chioma Egbuchu.

Delivering ruling, Justice Adesanya said that it was settled law that before a statement would be admissible, the defendant must be advised of his or her rights.

The judge noted that the videos tendered in court did not display any intimidation towards the defendant while she was writing her statements.

“The voice of the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, was clear and audible. It did not show any form of intimidation.”

The matter was thereafter adjourned till May 30 for a continuation of the trial.


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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