Ataga’s murder: Directorate of Public Prosecution recommends Chidinma Ojukwu for trial

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State has recommended that Chidinma Ojukwu the alleged killer of Michael Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV be arraigned on murder charge.

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Penpushing reports that, Police Prosecutor, Cyril Ajifor  made this known on Monday when he brought the first defendant, Ojukwu, a 21 year old undergraduate of the University of Lagos(UNILAG) and two other suspects before the Magistrate Court in Yaba area of the state .

The prosecutor told the court that, the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) had issued a legal advice on the case, recommending the trial of the suspects: Chioma Egbuchu; Mr Quadri and Chioma Egbuchu for murder.

Penpushing further reports that, Ajifor explained that, the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) recommendation implies that the suspects would be arraigned at the high court which has jurisdiction over such matters.

The copy of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) advice dated August 20 stated that a prima facie case of conspiracy to murder, murder, and conspiracy to commit forgery was established against the suspects.

“After careful consideration of facts available in the case, this office is of the firm view that a prima facie case of conspiring to murder, murder, conspiracy to commit felony to wit; forgery, forgery and making documents without authority contrary to sections 233, 222, 411, 363 and 370 respectively of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, exists against Ojukwu Chindinma Adaora and Adedapo Quadri.

“Facts available also establish the offence of having possession of thing reasonably suspected to have been stolen contrary to section 329 of criminal Law of Lagos against Egbuchu Chioma” the Directorate of Public Prosecutions stated.

Penpushing also reports that, it is recalled that, the  21-year-old student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), was arrested by the police on June 23 for killing Usifo at a short-let apartment in Lekki are of Lagos state

The suspect and one Adedapo Quadri were presented before the Chief Magistrate at Yaba on August 9 by the police to seek their remand in custody which was granted by the magistrate, and equally ordered the duo be remanded for 30 days at the first instance to allow the police continue with its investigation of the murder case and also advice from the  Directorate of Public Prosecution(DPP).

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