The security guard at the service apartment where the murdered Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Michael Ataga, was found has maintained his testimony that Chidinma Ojukwu left the serviced apartment a night before the victim’s body was found.
This is just as he said he was able to identify the suspect in police custody with the unique way she wars her face mask.
Chidinma, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos, was accused of killing Ataga.
The undergraduate and two others, Adedapo Quadri and Chioma Egbuchu, are undergoing trial before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos State.
The security guard, Abubakar Mohammed, who works at the security post of 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, where Ataga was murdered, is the second prosecution witness.
The witness had, on Tuesday, narrated how Ataga’s body was found.
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During his cross-examination by the first defendant’s counsel, Onwuka Egwu, the witness maintained that Chidinma had left the apartment on the night before Ataga’s body was found and did not return.
“I was at my duty post when Chidinma was leaving. She waved at me and took an Uber ride,” he said.
Mohammed also denied telling the police that he suspected one Babalola Disu, who had also lodged at the apartment when the incident happened.
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He added, “I did not get a full view of the victim when he came into the premises because he was inside his vehicle.”
Mohammed was also cross-examined by the second defendant’s counsel, Babatunde Busari, who asked the witness to confirm if a dispatch rider actually came to the house and how many times the dispatch rider came.
Mohammed said a dispatch rider came to the house once to deliver a small package to Chidinma but he did not know the content of the package.
The witness was then re-examined by the prosecution counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule.
Mohammed maintained that Chidinma was the person who had lodged at the apartment, adding that he was able to identify her at the police station during the investigation because she often wore her face mask without covering her nose.
“The police also asked her if she knows me and she answered yes, and mentioned my name, Abu,” he said.
Justice Adesanya adjourned the case till November, 25 for the continuation of trial.