The owner of the Lekki short-let apartment in Lekki Phase 1 where the body of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga, was discovered, Nkechi Mogbo, on Thursday testified against the prime suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu at the Lagos High court in Tafawa Balewa Square.
Mogbo who appeared as witness told the court that the 21-year-old undergraduate of University of Lagos introduced herself as 'Jewel' when she first made contact with her.
The witness made the statement after being sworn on oath and presented by Olayinka Adeyemi, the director of Public Prosecution, in the ongoing murder trial.
PremiumTimes reports that Mogbo's account further implicated Chidinma Ojukwu as the prime suspect in the case.
WuzupNigeria had reported how the two defendants, Chidinma Ojukwu and Adedapo Quadri, were charged eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, making of bank statements and stealing.
In her evidence, Mogbo confirmed that she advertised her apartment on property websites like Airbnb for a short stay and had agents on the market that advertised for her.
“It is a self-serviced apartment, fully furnished with TV, DSTV subscription, internet, kitchen alliances, 24 hours power supply, and others.
“The only time we come to clean is just to take out trash, that happens every two or three days,” she said.
The witness added that when clients get access through the agents or via the websites, they get direct access to her for booking and possible negotiation.
“On June 13, it was on a Sunday, I was at home. About 4pm, I got a phone call from a private number, the first I ignored and the second I picked up. Then there was a lady who said she saw the apartment online and enquired as to whether we have the necessary facilities, which I responded yes.
“She said she would like to have a look at it and I said she could. She sent a message on WhatsApp with the picture of the apartment obviously indicating where she got it from. I sent her the address and she confirmed she would be on her way to the place.”
She said she further put a call through to the security, Abubakar, explaining that the lady would be coming to see the place.
Upon checking, the lady, who identified herself with the name ‘Jewel’, said she would take the apartment for three days.
“She asked for payment details, which I forwarded across to her, within a couple of minutes, she sent the proof of payment of N125,000. It contained the initiator of the payment, Michael Usifo, from a GTB account, the time and date of the transaction, and my name as the recipient,” she said.
The owner said following the payment, the security man handed her the key to the apartment on the same day.