How Chidinma ‘tranferred’ N5m from Ataga’s account — Witness

Super TV CEO Usifo Ataga suspected killer Chidinma

A Lagos High Court sitting at TBS on Thursday heard how Chidinma Ojukwu, who is charged with alleged murder of Super TV CEO Usifo Ataga, allegedly transferred N5m from his bank account.

The ninth prosecution witness in the trial, DSP Olusegun Bamidele, said Ms Ojukwu allegedly transferred the money on June 15, 2021, the day Mr Ataga died.

Abubakar Muhammed, a security guard at a short-let service apartment, where Ataga was allegedly murdered, had on November 16, 2021, told the court that Ojukwu left the apartment on June 15, 2021, and never returned.

He also told the court that Ataga’s dead body was recovered in the apartment on June 16, 2021.

Bamidele was led in evidence on Thursday by the deputy director of public prosecutions (DDPP), Adenike Oluwafemi.

Oluwafemi asked Bamidele to tell the court what he knew about Exhibit P11, which is the Access Bank statement of Ataga.

The witness said that during investigation into the alleged murder, the police wrote to Access Bank Plc., asking for statement of the deceased’s account.

Bamidele said that the bank obliged.

He said that mobile phones of the deceased was in Ojukwu’s possession and she had been in control of the account.

Bamidele said that on June 15, 2021, Ojukwu used the deceased’s phone to transfer N5 million from his account to another bank.

“On June 16, 2021, four transactions of N20,000 was made from the deceased’s account; on June 17, another withdrawal of N20,000 was made five times and the remark was: transfer between customers.

“On the same June 16, N50,000 was transferred to Nkechi Mogbo, N11,200 transferred to Caprical Capital.

“On the same June 16, another N50,000 was transferred from Ataga’s account to Mogbo and N93,000 transferred from Ataga’s GTBank to his Access Bank account,” he testified.

He added that N110,000.75kobo was debited from the deceased’s account on June 18, 2021.

“On June 19, 2021, a transfer of N20,000 was made four times, another transfer of N20,000 was made five times and it was through the USSD code,” Bamidele said.

The witness also told the court that the police wrote to GTBank to get Ataga’s statement of account.

He said that on June 13, 2021, there was an internet transfer of N10,000 to Ojukwu, adding that N105,000 was transferred to her on same day for payment of the apartment where Ataga died.

He said that the payment was to Nkechi Mogbo, the owner of the apartment.

“On that same June 13, there was a N13,000 purchase transaction at Ango Villa, N14,200 transaction for purchase at Dwine Bar Global. On the same June 13, there was also a transfer of N20,399.

“On June 14, 2021, there was N21,000 transfer from Ataga’s account to Chidinma’s account and another transfer of N15,000 to Chidinma.

“There was a N5,000 transaction that was made on June 14 and paid to Adiba online choppy,” he said.