Chidinma Ojukwu, the 21-year-old University of Lagos (UNILAG) student, accused of killing Usifo Ataga, the CEO of Super TV, has made a U—turn, few weeks after claiming responsibility for his death.
Ojukwu had last month confessed to stabbing Ataga “twice on the neck side” while she was being paraded by the Lagos State Police Command.
The embattled student had alleged that the businessman had forcefully had sex with her the first time but a dispute ensued after he attempted it again.
“I threw the knife to the bed and he was going for it but I also went for it. He dragged the knife with me and it broke and he fell on the floor.
“At some point, he was chasing me around the kitchen cabinet. I took a knife and stabbed his neck. I approached the door and he followed me. I stabbed him twice on the neck side,” she had said.
However, in a recent interview with Crime Fighters, Ojukwu said she admitted to killing Ataga at the time because of pressure and the fact that nobody believed her.
She claimed that she had met the deceased in a pool of his own blood when she returned from where she had gone to get food and drugs for the pair.
The undergraduate noted that she left the apartment after seeing Ataga on the floor in his own blood, and didn’t inform the police because of fear of being arrested.
“I didn’t involve anybody. I don’t know who must have come into the apartment. Definitely, somebody did that but I don’t know who that person is. I don’t know what happened when I left the room to buy food. Because of what I did after by not alerting the police and also withdrawing money from his account, I feel guilty for what happened but I did not kill him.
“I believe someone knew where we were and waited till I left before they entered. Due to pressure and insistence of the security operatives that nobody entered the room apart from the two, I resolved that since no one believed me, let me just take the blame,” she said.
Ojukwu also said that nobody is influencing her claim as beig speculated in some quarters, explaining that she has not communicated with anyone from her family since her arrest.
“No one is influencing my statements. I have not spoken to anyone since my arrest, not even my relation or anybody close to me,” she added.
She also claimed that her decision to withdraw money from Ataga’s account after his death was because the deceased had promised her the amount before the unfortunate incident.
“I just withdrew the money because he had already promised me, it’s not like I had anything to do with his death. I don’t have anything to do with his death,” Ojukwu said.
Reacting to her new claims, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, likened her new stance to an “afterthought.”
The CP said the command will leave no stone unturned to unravel the actual circumstances that led to Ataga’s death and bring those behind his murder to book.