DEFENCE COUNSEL’S ILL HEALTH DELAYS TRIAL OF CHIDINMA OJUKWUl OVER USIFO ATAGA MURDER (SUPER TV C.E.O.)
Ill-health by defence counsel, on Thursday, May 26, stalled trial of an undergraduate, Chidinma Ojukwu, charged with murder of Usifo Ataga, Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.
Ojukwu, her sister Chioma Egbuchu, and a man named Adedapo Quadri are on trial in a Lagos high court at Tafawa Balewa Square.
They’ve been charged with nine offenses that include murder, theft, and forgery.
Ojukwu and Quadri are accused of conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, falsifying bank records, and stealing, among other charges, while, Egbuchu is facing the ninth count of stealing of iPhone 7 belonging to Ataga.
The trial was also stalled on May 12 due to change of counsel by Egbuchu.
Egbuchu’s new counsel, Mr Ngozi Akandu, had, on May 12, asked that more legible documents be served him.
He also requested for time to study them.
Mr Onwuka Egwu, counsel for Ojukwu, read to the court a letter written by Akandu informing the court that he was ill and requesting an adjournment.
Mrs Adenike Oluwafemi, prosecution counsel and Lagos State Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, stated in her response, “Anyone can fall unwell at any moment; so, I do not oppose the application.”
Ojukwu’s (first defendant) and Quadri’s (second defendant) counsels agreed with the prosecution counsel’s submission.
Consequently, Justice Yetunde Adesanya adjourned the case until July 7 for continuation of trial.