The family of the late Michael Usifo Ataga, who was allegedly stabbed to death by Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300 level female student of the University of Lagos, has revealed more findings regarding the murder of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.
The family claimed that Usifo was stabbed multiple times, adding that his hands were bound tightly and the marks were still all over his wrists.
They also insisted that no one in the entire building heard his screams because he was gagged and tortured.
In a statement titled: ‘Who will speak for Usifo Ataga?’, by Dr. Isi Ataga, the elder brother to the deceased, the family described Usifo’s death as horrific.
“Usifo died a horrific death. He wasn’t stabbed two or even five times; he was stabbed multiple times. His hands were bound tightly and the marks were still all over his wrists, accompanied by evidence of torture and assault even as his corpse lay in the morgue.
“And no one in the entire building heard his screams because he was gagged. Let that sink in, he was bound, gagged and tortured!
“The now-viral video of the room with the deceased lying on the floor shows a room with blood-stained walls and floor, evidence of a ferocious struggle. One person could never have carried these out,” Isi said in the statement.
Meanwhile, the family had on Saturday night urged the police to go beyond the arrest of the suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu, to get to the bottom of the case.
Recall that the police in Lagos arrested the suspect Chidinma for killing Ataga last week in the Lekki area of Lagos, after she was tracked to her home.
While confessing to the crime, the suspect had claimed that she stabbed the deceased after he forcefully had sex with her.
She further admitted to withdrawing some amount of money from the deceased’s account with claims she wanted to use it to pay for her.
JUST IN: Police Arrest 21-year-old Suspect Over Threat To Kidnap Alhaji In Edo
JUST IN: Police Arrest 21-year-old Suspect Over Threat To Kidnap Allhaji In Edo
The Edo State Police Command says it has arrested a 21-year-old suspect, Yakubu Idris, for allegedly threatening to kidnap one Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, Chairman, Hausa Community in Benin City, Edo State.
A statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello, said Idris, from Kano, was issuing kidnap threat to his victim right from Kano if he fails to pay a particular amount to a designated bank account.
He added that, after much negotiation, the the Alhaji went to pay to the designated bank account and after that petitioned the police which led to Idris’ arrest in his hideout in Kano, Kano State.
The statement reads in part, “The Command on 16/09/2021 received a petition from Alhaji Badamasi Saleh on threat to kidnap him by an unknown person who claimed he is a member of a kidnapping gang living in Birnin-Gwari bush, Kaduna State with his gang members, that he was paid one million naira by someone close to the complainant to kidnap him but that he decided to reveal it to him because he is a good person, but the suspect insisted that he must pay 1 million naira into a designated GT Bank to pacify his gang members not to execute the planned kidnap.
“The complainant at this point kept pleading and negotiating with the suspects who eventually accepted payment of one hundred thousand naira which was paid into the GT Bank account, hence the petition.
“On receipt of the information, the operatives of the Command immediately swung into action and arrested the suspect in his hideout in Kano State.
“During the cause of the investigation, it was revealed that the suspect was someone the complainant had assisted in the past while he was in Benin.’?”
Bello, while stating the Command’s Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, position in security, revealed that the suspects had confessed to the crime.
“He has confessed to the crime and investigation is ongoing to unravel other gang members if any.
“The Commissioner Of Police, CP Philip Ogbadu enjoins the general public not to relent in providing useful and timely information to the police that could lead to the arrest of criminal elements and their cohorts, he further warns criminals to desist from their acts or relocate to other places or else, they will be caught and made to face the full wrath of the law.”
EFCC Arraigns PHCN Ex-MD For N6bn Insurance Benefit Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the Managing Director of PJO Ventures Limited, Cecilia Osipitan.
She is being tried along with PJO and Insurance Resourcery and Consultancy Services Limited before Justice U. P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.
Osipitan faces a nine-count charge bordering criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and conversion of public funds to the tune of N6billion.
EFCC said the money was meant for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Osipitan’s offence contravened Section 311 of the Panel Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charges were read.
Justice Kekemeke granted her bail in the sum of N500million with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties must be federal civil servant, a religious leader or a member of the National Assembly residing and own landed properties in Abuja.
Kekemeke adjourned until January 20, 2022 for commencement of trial.
Edo: British Actor’s Impostor Jailed, Others Risk Same Fate
Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday sentenced one Irabor Osarumwense (aka 007 Daniel Craig James Bond) to two years imprisonment for fraud.
Osarumwense was arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.
He fraudulently impersonated the identity of Daniel Craig, British actor, to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The charge reads: “That you Irabor Osarumwense (aka 007 Daniel Craig James Bond) sometimes in 2021 in Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of Daniel Craig, an American actor by fraudulently sending documents to one Nansiri through the internet which document you claim emanated from the said Daniel Craig with the intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.”
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Immaculate Elodi, prayed the court to convict and sentence him in accordance with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.
Justice Shuaibu thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment or a fine of N200, 000.
The defendant is also to forfeit the phone used in perpetuating the crime to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards.
In a related development, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State has fixed December 7 and 13, 2021 for the sentencing of two internet fraudsters Marvis Bello and Lucky Uhuamare.
The duo were arraigned on Thursday October 21, 2021 on one count charge each bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.
The charge against Bello reads: “That you Marvis Bello (Alex Wrang and Pinky Jenny) on or about the 9th of March 2021 at S&T Barracks, Benin City within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Valeries Hollywood, a white man by using Gmailkingsmavis@gmail.com to obtain money from one Rebecca Brown and sending fictitious documents to your advantage, the pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act”.
The duo pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them.
In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants in accordance with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.
However, Justice Abang adjourned to December 7 and 13 for the review of facts of the case and sentencing.
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