An image mixture of Chidinma and courtroom gavel
The Lagos State Authorities has filed homicide expenses in opposition to Chidinma Ojukwu and one other particular person, Adedapo Quadri, for the homicide of the Chief Government Officer of Tremendous TV, Usifo Ataga.
Channels Tv gathered this on Monday when Chidinma was introduced earlier than a Chief Justice of the Peace courtroom sitting within the Yaba space of Lagos.
The jail wardens hooked up to the courtroom barred journalists from accessing the realm by way of which she arrived, wearing a black hooded jumpsuit round 9am. In addition they didn’t permit journalists entry to the realm when she left the courtroom.
Counsel to the police, Cyril Ajiofor informed Justice of the Peace Adeola Adedayo that the police had acquired authorized recommendation from the workplace of the Directorate of Public Prosecution(DPP) on the case.
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Channels Tv obtained a duplicate of the DPP’s recommendation which says that after cautious consideration of info obtainable within the case file, a prima facie case of conspiracy to homicide, homicide, and conspiracy to commit felony exists in opposition to the 300 stage Mass Communication scholar of the College of Lagos, Chidinma and Quadri.
A prima facie case of stealing exists in opposition to Chidinma alone.
The DPP additionally established the offence of getting possession of a stolen merchandise in opposition to Chidinma’s sister, Egbuchu Chioma from whom the deceased’s iPhone 7, was mentioned to have been recovered.
Consequently, Channels Tv learnt that the Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, has filed expenses in opposition to the three suspects on the Lagos Excessive Court docket, however has but to get a date for the listening to of the case.
The DPP will prosecute Chindinma and Quadri “for the offences of conspiring to homicide, homicide, conspiracy to commit felony to wit: forgery, forgery and making paperwork with out authority contracts to Sections 233, 222, 411, 363, and 370 respectively of the Legal Legislation, Cap. C17 Vo.3 Legal guidelines of Lagos State, 2015.”
Additionally, the DPP will prosecute Chindinma’s sister Chioma “for the offence of getting possession of factor (sic) fairly suspected to have been stolen opposite to Part 329 of Legal Legislation, Cap. C17 Vol.3 Laos of Lagos State, 2015”. The DPP in her recommendation cleared 11 different suspects and requested that they be launched on the grounds that no offence had been disclosed in opposition to them in respect of the case.
The 11 are: Babalola Disu, Olowu Ifeoluwa, Olutayo Abayomi, Nkechi Mogbo, and Ojukwu Onoh.
Others are Tony Okonye, Damilola Adekoya, Bola Adekoya, Segun Akinsanya, Oluwatoni Dada and Adams Kenneth.
Based mostly on this info, Justice of the Peace Adedayo additionally discharged Chidinma’s father, Ojukwu Onoh and 4 others who had initially been arraigned by the police for alleged obstruction of justice and failing to report a criminal offense to the legislation enforcement companies. Justice of the Peace Adedayo beneficial Chidinma for trial on the Lagos Excessive Court docket because the Justice of the Peace courtroom lacks the jurisdiction to entertain a homicide cost.
She, nevertheless, ordered the additional remand of Chidinma and the 2 others to be tried and adjourned until Sept 29 to await additional info from the DPP as to the standing of the case on the Excessive Court docket.
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The Lagos State Authorities’s transfer is the most recent within the homicide saga which started in June.
Police authorities within the state had paraded Chidinma for allegedly murdering Ataga.
The media mogul was present in a pool of his blood with a number of wounds on his physique after he was reportedly stabbed to loss of life at a lodge the place he lodges within the Lekki space of Lagos.
Chidinma had initially admitted to murdering Ataga, explaining that she did so in self defence after the Tremendous CEO allegedly tried to rape her.
However in a swift flip of occasions, the scholar denied killing the sufferer.
“As I used to be leaving the residence, he stood as much as lock the door. After I got here again, I knocked however there was no response. Then I opened the door and realized it wasn’t locked,” she mentioned, weeks after the homicide story made headlines throughout the nation.
“The cover was on the ground and pillows. The sofa was dealing with the door and the mattress was stained with blood and the ground the place he was. Music was on, the TV was on. The room was in disarray like somebody broke in.
“Then I noticed him on the ground, I didn’t know what to do. I used to be afraid. I believed if I raised an alarm I’d be arrested as a result of we have been the one folks within the room.”
Days later, the Nationwide Meeting additionally waded into the matter, asking the police to make sure the accused doesn’t die of their custody.
Consultant Tolulope Sadipe, who raised the movement as a matter of pressing public significance, expressed worries over the media trial and public parade Chidinma had been subjected to.
The lawmaker argued that the accused may turn out to be depressed and ultimately commit suicide.