Chidinma Ojukwu, a student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and prime suspect in the murder of billionaire media entrepreneur, Michael Usifo Ataga has claimed that she was raped by the late Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.
Ataga was reportedly found in a pool of his blood with multiple wounds on his body after the media mogul was stabbed to death at a hotel where he reportedly lodges in the Lekki area of Lagos.
In the course of their investigation, the Police arrested Miss Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who was linked to the deceased and paraded her on Thursday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.
During a session with reporters, the 21-year-old Chidinma claimed that she stabbed the deceased to death after he raped her.
“We were in the lodge smoking. He was trying to make advances on me. I was tired and he became violent on it. I let him have his way.
“Towards afternoon, he ordered roofies. We took it together and ate food. He became high. I was still not happy with the first one (sex) that we had, so, I was staying on my own, smoking and drinking. He, too, was on his own. He came to me, and I told him I wasn’t happy with what he did.
“He was like, ‘Take my ATM and withdraw what you want’.
“He later became violent trying to get to me and I was resisting and defending myself. At some point, he hit my head on the wall and I also retaliated,” she told reporters.
She said Ataga started to chase her around in the kitchen and she reached out to a knife and stabbed him in the neck.
She explained the late businessman followed her to the door before she stabbed him twice on the neck side again.
“I threw the knife to the bed, and he was going for it, but I also went for it. He dragged the knife with me and it broke, and he fell on the floor,” she claimed.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, told reporters at the briefing that the suspect had confessed that she stabbed Ataga.
He also revealed that the owner of the rented apartment where the tragic incident occurred has been arrested and held in police detention.
Odumosu added that Ataga’s bank account has been blocked in a bid to prevent further withdrawals by those taking advantage of his untimely death.