Nigerians have expressed great outrage at the new twist over recent claims by Miss Chidinma Ojukwu, the 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) denying the killing Usifo Ataga, Super TV CEO — a few weeks after claiming responsibility for his death.
Not a few Nigerians took to the social media to lash out at the Lagos Police for allowing such a drama around a murder story still under investigation.
“I’m wondering when the authority became so gracious as to let a murder suspect change her hairdo and clothes and grant this many press interviews,” Zara Onyinye said on her Facebook page
Chidinma had last month confessed to stabbing Ataga “twice on the neck side” while she was being paraded by the Lagos state police command.
According to her, the businessman had forcefully had sex with her the first time but a dispute ensued after he attempted it again.
“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.”
But in a recent interview with Crime Fighters, the embattled undergraduate said she admitted to killing Ataga at the time because of pressure and the fact that nobody believed her.
The suspect, who looked relaxed and upbeat in the interview, also claimed that she had met the Ataga in a pool of his own blood when she returned from where she had gone to get food and drugs for the deceased and herself.
“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 said.
“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 insisted that nobody is influencing her claim as believed in some quarters, explaining that she has not communicated with anyone from her family since her arrest.
“No one is influencing my statements. I have not spoken to anyone since my arrest, not even my relation or anybody close to me,” she added.
The suspect claimed that her decision to withdraw money from Ataga’s account after his death was because the deceased had promised her the amount before the unfortunate incident.
“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.
Hakeem Odumosu, the Lago Commissioner OF Police, however promised the command will leave no stone unturned to unravel the actual circumstances that led to Ataga’s death and bring those behind his murder to book.