According to Ojukwu, she killed Ataga by herself.
She confessed in a video that was played yesterday inside the Tafawa Balewa Square location of the Lagos High Court.
The court also saw the graphic video of Ataga’s body taken not long after he was discovered in a Lagos short-let apartment.
The main suspect in Ataga’s murder is Miss Ojukwu, a University of Lagos mass communication student enrolled in a 300-level course.
Along with her sister, the third defendant Chioma Egbuchu, and the second defendant Adedapo Quadri, she is on trial for the alleged crime.
They were charged on October 12, 2021, at the high court before Justice Yetunde Adesanya, and have been on trial ever since.
The alleged murder, which is being investigated by the Lagos State Government, allegedly happened on June 15, 2021, at 19 Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
On a big screen in the courtroom, the prosecution played the video recording from a Compact Disc (CD) when the trial resumed yesterday.
It displayed Ataga lying on the ground with his hands outstretched, wearing a white singlet and blood-stained boxer shorts. Blood was on the floor on his right side, and his head was close to the wall.
Additionally, Ojukwu was seen in the video describing how she killed Ataga while being questioned by DSP Olusegun Bamidele of the Intelligence and Tactical Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, Yaba.
Ataga asked her to look for a place for them to stay on June 13, 2021, so the defendant obtained the short-let apartment where they ate, drank, used drugs, and where Ataga was killed, according to the defendant. She said she met Ataga through a friend and they got to talking.
Ojukwu stated, “After I got the place on Sunday, we were smoking Loud, drinking, watching movies, and then I went to get food. The drug we were taking got finished and I ordered another one and went downstairs to get it from the delivery guy in the morning; that was on June 14, 2021.
“Then on Tuesday, we drank and smoked Loud and I added Rophynol to his drink and we had sex. I was on the bed and he was on the chair. Then later he started disturbing me for more sex. I was tired and after struggling with him, he had his way and still wanted more.
“I thought he was no more interested in sex, only for him to return to the bed to ask for more sex. I pushed him away, which resulted in him hitting his head against a stool that had a glass. He had a cut on his leg and he became weak.
“I got a knife and stabbed him in the neck, ribs and stomach so that he would not be able to harm me. I tied his hands with handkerchief.
“His blood was out and I was scared. I just packed everything, my clothes were also stained with blood, I just packed my things and left.
“Michael (Ataga) was a friend, that we just talked, I didn’t know him that deep and we did not talk regularly.”
Asked in the video if she was assisted in killing Ataga, Ojukwu said, “There was nobody that assisted me, I did it alone.”
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