The University of Lagos, UNILAG, student, Chidinma Ojukwu, who was alleged to killing Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga, has debunked her previous confession, saying she claimed the responsibility for his death at the time because of pressure and the fact that nobody believed her.
The 21-year-old had a few weeks ago confessed that he stabbed the Super TV CEO “twice on the neck side” while she was being paraded by the Lagos state police command.
Chidinma while she was confessing, alleged that Ataga had forcefully had sex with her the first time but a dispute occurred after he made the second attempt.
The embattled student also disclosed that she and the businessman engaged in a dispute that involved a knife but she was fast enough to be in possession of the knife and stabbed Ataga’s neck. She added:
“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.”
However, Chidinma in a recent interview with Crime Fighters denied killing the businessman and noted that due to pressure and the fact that nobody believed her at the time, she admitted to killing him.
She noted further that she had met the deceased in a pool of his blood when she returned from where she had gone to get food and drugs for the pair. She said:
“I didn’t involve anybody. I don’t know who must have come into the apartment. Definitely, somebody did that but I don’t know who that person is.
I don’t know what happened when I left the room to buy food. Because of what I did after by not alerting the police and also withdrawing money from his account, I feel guilty for what happened but I did not kill him.”
She added that she decided not to report the matter before she left the apartment for her house because she was afraid of being arrested by the police.
“I believe someone knew where we were and waited till I left before they entered. Due to pressure and insistence of the security operatives that nobody entered the room apart from the two, I resolved that since no one believed me, let me just take the blame,” she added.
The embattled UNILAG student noted further that she’s saying the truth and nobody is influencing her claim as believed in some quarters, explaining that she has not communicated with anyone from her family since her arrest. She also spoke on why she withdrew money from Ataga’s account after his death.
“I just withdrew the money because he had already promised me, it’s not like I had anything to do with his death. I don’t have anything to do with his death,” she added.
The Lagos police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, while reacting to her new claims, likened her new stance to an “afterthought”, and promised that the command will make sure it uncover the actual circumstances that led to Ataga’s death and punish those behind his murder.