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Lawyers stall trial of Chidinma Ojukwu

Late Usifo Ataga (L) and Chidinma Ojukwu (R).

Trial of undergraduate, Chidinma Ojukwu, for the murder of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga has suffered a set back owing to the absence of a prosecution witness.

Ojukwu is standing trial before a Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Island.

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

The prosecution counsel, Adenike Oluwafemi, told the court that a prosecution witness, billed to testify, was not available.

She prayed that earlier dates for adjournment to enable the prosecution get toxicology and deoxyribonucleic acid results needed for the trial.

Mrs Oluwafemi said the results were not available yet, adding that the next witness would be examined with those documents.

Subsequently, the presiding judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya consequently vacated the dates and adjourned the proceedings until April 25 for the continuation of trial.

The 3 defendants were arraigned on October 12 on a nine-count charge preferred by the 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 an 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 in the neck and chest.

The alleged murder 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.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; editing by Muzha Kucha