The security guard at the apartment where the murdered Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Michael Usifo Ataga, was found has narrated how he found Ataga’s remains.
Chidinma, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos, was accused of killing Ataga.
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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.
In his testimony on Tuesday, Mohammed said he received a call from his boss, Nkechi Mogbo, around 5:30pm on June 13 that a lady was coming to check the apartment.
According to him, a lady later arrived at the property and he showed her the studio apartment for short-let.
“Around 10:30pm, one man came in a black Range Rover Jeep. My neighbour was hosting a party, so I thought the man came for the party.
“I asked him to park well, then the lady opened the gate and said’ stop, he is my person, just open the gate,’” he said.
The security man said Ataga and Chidinma stayed in the apartment from June 13 to 15 but on Monday, a dispatch rider came to deliver a package to Chidinma.
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“On Monday, around 12:30pm, Ms Ojukwu went out and bought some things like food. Between 2:30pm and 3pm, I was at the front of my gate, a dispatch rider came and asked me, is this number 19?
“He said ‘there is somebody calling me with private number but there is no way I can call back because I can’t see the number.’ I told the man there is a customer in my house that uses a private number to call me. I told the dispatch man ‘if it is here, you can wait, the person will come,” Mohammed explained.
He told the court that Chidinma came to the gate minutes later to meet the dispatch rider and she collected the package.
“After she left, I asked him what he brought for her, and he said he didn’t know what was inside,” he added.
The security man said on June 15, at about 8pm, Chidinma went out of the compound, carrying a small bag, and never returned.
Mohammed said the next day, waste collectors came to the street, and he called the cleaner, Confidence, to collect waste from all the apartments.
He continued, “She came back with few empty bottles and told me that the door to the studio apartment was open. I knocked several times without any response.
“Peeping through the door, I saw that the position of the chair in the room had changed, and it looked like it was used to block the door. I then peeped over the chair and saw a man lying on the floor, lifeless.
“I went out and called Confidence, then I showed her the body. I was trying to call my madam, but her call came in that someone’s money was due and he should leave the house by 12:30 pm. I told her there was a problem and there was a body in the studio room.”
He said following Mogbo’s report to the police, Ataga’s body was evacuated from the room and they were all called in for interrogation by the police, adding that Ataga’s family came to the apartment the day after the body was found, but he refused them access, saying they had to call his ‘madam’ first.
“On Thursday, at 6 pm, Ms Ojukwu called me with a private number, and my mind told me to record the conversation.
“I said, ‘why are you calling me with a private number?’, she said sorry. She said ‘that jeep, is it around?’ I asked her which jeep? She said black Range Rover.
“I asked her why she left on Tuesday night and never came back, she said she went for a meeting. I asked her what about the man, she said the man is fine.
“I asked what time she was coming back but she said she was coming. I then asked her to use her phone number to call me and she said okay,” he said.
He told the court he had gone to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, for interrogation over the matter and was held for a day.
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After his release, he said he searched his phone to look for the phone number that called him around 2pm.
“I put the number on my WhatsApp and changed my profile picture to President Buhari. I wrote a message on the WhatsApp number. I saw the picture and I screenshot it,” he added.
Mohammed stated that he sent the phone number and picture to the apartment owner, which was then forwarded to the police.
He said a week after the incident, he was called to go to SCID, Panti, that the suspect had been arrested and they needed him to identify her.
Onwuka Egwu, the first defendant’s counsel, cross-examined Mohammed following his testimony.
After the cross-examination, the judge adjourned the matter till November 17, for the continuation of the trial.
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Janet Hubert Hospitalized: “Anger Will Eat You Alive”
Janet Hubert, affectionally known as Aunt Viv from the hit sitcom, ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ shared that she was hospitalized. Though she didn’t give a reason, Hubert did go into detail about anger and what it can do to someone.
Posting a picture from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion that happened last year, Hubert expressed that holding on to anger would eat you alive. She also addressed Will Smith and told him that she loved him.
Her caption read, “Don’t waste precious time people in anger. Yes people will do you wrong and you must fight for truth no matter how long, and IF you can get the TRUTH you seek…find love again as we have.”
Hubert continued, “Life is too short as I am in hospital as I write this to all of you. Holding onto anger will eat you alive. But truth at any cost[.]” Hubert ended her message with a note for Will Smith, “Reputation is PRICELESS. I LOVE YOU WILL, for being strong enough to tell truth, and share your hurts and trauma. Now we close the doors and live our lives. PEACE OUT!”
As you know, Smith and Hubert had a feud for decades that was a result of her leaving the show. Hubert accused Will of getting her fired, but Will insisted the real issue was Hubert wanted the show to be built around her character, Aunt Viv.
“She’s mad now, but she’s been mad all along. She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for ten years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.’ No matter what, to her, I’m just the Antichrist,” Will stated back in 1993.
The two ended their feud in 2020 when the reunion happened. While speaking with one another, Hubert asked, “I just wanted to know one thing–why did you guys go so far? I lost so much…You have no idea.”
Will admitted to being insensitive and understood how he “made the set very difficult.”
Roomies, let’s wish her a speedy recovery.
Master P Wants Judge To Declare Him As Single After Being Separated For More Than 10 Years
According to TMZ, Master P is ready to move on with his life after being separated for more than 10 years.
In documents obtained by TMZ, Master P is asking for his single status to be reinstated. After his estranged wife Sonya Miller filed for divorce in 2013, and the two settled financial issues in 2016, the paperwork for their divorce was never submitted.
As a result, the mogul wants “bifurcation of his divorce,” and intends to handle the actual divorce at a later time.
If you recall, the two actually separated in 2010. In 2016, the music mogul attempted to get $10,473 in child support and $16,574 in spousal support reduced.
He reportedly had their children–Hercy, Itali and Mercy–to write letters to the judge explaining why they are better off living with their father opposed to living with their mother.
In her letter to the judge, their 17-year-old daughter Itali said, “Although I love being with my mom I was unable to keep my grades up. Unfortunately, my mom was dealing with addiction issues that affected my older sister, who hasn’t even had the opportunity to graduate high school.”
Roomies, what do y’all think of this?
CNN Has Terminated Chris Cuomo Effective Immediately
That was quick! Roommates, as we previously reported, Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely on Dec. 1st from his position at CNN after details emerged about how he helped his brother Andrew Cuomo amid his sexual harassment scandal. However, the network has moved swiftly and officially terminated him.
In a statement, CNN said, “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review and have terminated him, effective immediately.” The statement continued, “While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Chris also broke his silence and released a statement of his own. Chris tweeted, “This is not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say, as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
Although Chris has played down his involvement with the Governor’s office, massive details became available Monday through a huge document dump. Documents released by New York Attorney General Letitia James showed that while Chris worked as one of CNN’s top anchors, he worked unpaid to aide the Governor. A CNN spokesperson declined to share any further detail about the information provided in this report. Roommates, we’ll continue to keep ya’ll updated if more details surface!
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