The family of the Super TV boss, Michael Ataga who was stabbed to death on June 15, by his 21 year old girlfriend has called on the police to look beyond the prime suspect confessional statement.
Penpushing reports that, the deceased family through their lawyer Rickey Tarfa and Co, in a statement hinted at the possibility that the actual perpetrators of the crime may be covering their tracks.
The family urged those behind malicious social media publications on the death saga to refrain from publishing falsehood that impinges negatively on the integrity of the deceased, wife, and children or face lawsuits.
Penpushing further reports that the statement, titled ‘Libelous Publications In Respect of Murder Of Michael Usifo Ataga: Demand For Restraint By Social Media Practitioners/Persons’, pointed out that it was no more news that, Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, the prime suspect has been arrested, but posited that the family is convinced that there is much more to this than is already apparent from the police investigation.”
“We hereby admonish the publishers of these stories to employ whatever shreds of decency and decorum they can find in themselves to desist from their false and misleading stories and let the investigating authorities carry out an effective investigation in the hope of apprehending the perpetrators of this heinous crime and their accomplices”, the family stressed
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olusegun Jolaawo on behalf of the law firm in the statement added that there are several “malicious” publications in circulation planted to embarrass and malign deceased, his widow, Brenda, and their family and to serve as a smokescreen to enable the perpetrators of the heinous crime cover their tracks
“Yes, we know that Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu has been arrested and yes we know that investigation is continuing. Our client is, however, convinced that there is much more to this than is already apparent from the police investigation.”
“Our client appreciates the efforts of the law enforcement agencies in their investigations thus far, and will not descend into particulars with respect to any of the said false narratives so as not to inadvertently aid the perpetrators of the murder in covering their tracks”,Jolaawo wrote
Penpushing reports that, the law firm called on well-meaning public to allow the family to mourn the deceased, and should also be allowed to enjoy some level of privacy and decency, having felt strongly about the unbridled activities of blogger on the social media
“Our client at this juncture requests that the well-meaning public allow the family to mourn their departed son, father, and husband with some privacy and decency. Our client also feels very strongly about the unbridled activities of bloggers on the social media space with respect to this incident and firmly demands that the said bloggers cease and desist from peddling falsehood aimed at maligning the deceased, wife and children. The family will not be intimidated by these bloggers’ activities and insist that the police be allowed to do their work’ Jolaawo emphasised
“Our client hereby demands that the false publications and the several ordinarily unrelated stories and pictures of late Michael Usifo Ataga and Brenda Ataga be pulled down with immediate effect failing which our client shall take prompt and appropriate action to seek redress for the apparent instances of libel and slander as appropriate.”
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