Super TV CEO: Chidinma lied her passport was seized over COVID-19 isolation - Witness

This is just as the witness claimed that she did not ask for a vaccination certificate because “I didn’t think it was in my capacity to request for it."
Super TV CEO: Chidinma lied her passport was seized over COVID-19 isolation - Witness
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Nkechi Mogbo, the owner of the apartment where Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, was allegedly murdered, has defended her failure to request for a proper identification of the principal suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu.

The lady, who appeared on Monday as a witness in a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, disclosed that she could not collect the suspect's International Passport for identification before lodging her.

According to her, the 21-year-old undergraduate of University of Lagos sounded convincing when she told her that her passport was with the Nigeria Immigration Service for purposes of COVID-19 isolation.

This is just as the witness claimed that she did not ask for a vaccination certificate because “I didn’t think it was in my capacity to request for it."

Nkechi, who said that she had neither met Ataga or his alleged murderers before the incident, swore on oath that she didn’t even know Chidinma was a Nigerian because she used a different name.

“I was not privileged to know if she was a Nigerian due to the name (Jewel) and the foreign phone number she used while booking for the apartment,” Mogbo added.

In her narration, when the payment for the apartment was made with Ataga’s name, she did not have any reason to suspect foul play because payment can be made by anybody whether as a friend or family member.

She stated that Ojukwu sent the receipt of the payment through WhatsApp.

“I did not know who the initiator of the payment was; the defendant sent to me the proof of payment less than a minute after the payment was made; so, there was nothing to arouse any suspicion.

“If I did, I would have called the person for further clarification.

“I had no idea who the lady (defendant) was. I never met her before. I had no idea the reason she lodged at the apartment except what I was told.

“I was only running a business just like any other hardworking Nigerian,” the witness said.

The Nation reported that the key witness also testified that the guest at the apartment adjacent to where the alleged murder occurred, had indicated a week earlier of his intention to leave the premises on June 17.

Mogbo denied being the one that informed the guest to leave the premises after the incident occurred.

The witness said that it was when the police asked her to give information about the building that she mentioned about the other guests at the apartment.

She confirmed that it was at a deputy commissioner of police’s office that she identified the defendant through a picture on her phone.

Mogbo also said it was the True Caller App on her phone that brought out the name (Chidinma Onah) which the defendant used in registering the private number she had called her (Mogbo) with earlier.

She also said that the defendant did not inform her that she would vacate the premises for her friend when she asked and paid for additional two days.

“When the body was found, my security guard called the defendant, she only said that she went for a meeting and would be back,” Mogbo said.

She was being cross-examined as the first prosecution witness in the trial of undergraduate, Ojukwu (first defendant), and two others for Ataga’s murder.

Mogbo was cross-examined by Ojukwu’s counsel, Mr Onwuka Egwu.

After the cross-examination, prosecution counsel, Mrs Adeyinka Adeyemi who is the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court that she had no re-examination.

Justice Yetunde Adesanya adjourned the case until November 16 for the continuation of trial.

The three defendants were arraigned on October 12 on a nine-count charge preferred against them by the Lagos State Government.

Ojukwu is facing trial along with her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri.

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