Super TV: Family and His Killer Speak Up.

Chidima, the killer of Super TV Boss begs his family for forgiveness, speaks on drug use, childhood

With investigation still ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the death of the Chief Executive Officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, the prime suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu, during an exclusive interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday, said she doesn’t want to die over the case.

Amid cries, the University of Lagos undergraduate said, “I regret killing Mr Ataga. I don’t know what my future holds but I don’t want to die. Please, I don’t want to die because of this case. I have not killed before.

“I was just trying to comport myself to answer questions during the parade and not that I am not showing remorse. I totally regretted everything I did and I am sorry. Mr Ataga’s family, I am deeply sorry for what I did. If I had my life back, I wouldn’t do anything like that. I am deeply sorry and I hope you forgive me.”

Chidinma and Ataga reportedly lodged in a service apartment in the Lekki area of Lagos State and the corpse of the latter was discovered the next day in the room and the former fled, thus raising suspicion of her complicity in his death.

The police said they went after her and tracked her down at her father’s Alagomeji, Yaba residence.

Upon her arrest, Chidinma attributed her action to the influence of hard drugs and alcohol.

Speaking while being paraded by the police, Chidinma said she met the late Ataga about four months ago. Chidinma also said that she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument broke out and she stabbed him twice after which she withdrew N380, 000 from his account using his ATM card.

The police had also disclosed that an Information and Communication Technology unit recently created by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, tracked the suspect, who used different SIM cards– both Nigerian and foreign ones.

Childhood

 Chidinma said her parents separated when she was two years old and she started living with her uncle, Chijioke Obi, in the Mushin area of Lagos State.

She added that while growing up, her childhood ambition was to become either a musician or an actress.

 The suspect stated, “My role models were Tiwa Savage, Beyonce, Rihanna, Genevieve, and Regina Hall. I schooled in Johnson Primary School and also a government primary school in Mushin. I later went to Sidman College in Sabo, Yaba. I was two-year-old when my parents separated, I was little, so while I was growing up, I stayed with my uncle, Mr Chijioke Obi, in Mushin. I don’t know if he bears Izu, but it was my uncle that trained me.”

Drug addiction

Upon completion of secondary school education, the suspect said she gained admission to study Mass Communication at the University of Lagos.

Asked about her assumed drug-induced lifestyle, Chidinma said, “I started smoking after I got into UNILAG.”

She also confirmed she’s the person in a trending video showing a lady puffing out cigarette smoke while soft music plays in the background.

She stated, “I am the one smoking in the trending video. I started smoking a few years ago. Old-time friends introduced me to it and we don’t talk anymore. Everything started after I entered UNILAG, but not actually when I am in school, it could be other places. But I am not the one in the other video (dissociating herself from another trending video showing a lady exhibiting her butt).”

Ataga took hard drugs, drank —Chidinma

On her relationship with Ataga, Chidinma described him as just a friend she met a few months back, faulting claims that he neither took hard drugs nor alcohol.

Narrating some of the moments she spent with the deceased, she said, “Mr Ataga was a friend and I don’t know how to elaborate more. He has not shown me pictures of his family but he sometimes acts like he was married and not that he is married (sic). I have met him up to four or five times; he takes drugs and drinks alcohol. It is not that I am trying to put anything together.’’

Also, the police said that on Thursday they released Chidinma’s father and the operator of the apartment where the incident happened, Mrs Nkechi Mogbo, on bail. The suspect’s father was arrested over what the police described as obstructing the arrest of her daughter while Mogbo had been in police custody after investigation identified her as the operator of the apartment.

Odumosu said, “Chidinma’s statement exonerated her father as she said that he was not aware of the incident. We released him. Also, the lady in our custody, one Mrs Nkechi Mogbo, who leased the flat from the property owner and used it for a service apartment, has been released on bail.

“After Magbo was arrested, she assisted the police because of the information she gave us. Now that we got the principal suspect, and the fact that the principal suspect confessed that she singularly committed the act, and equally went further to explain that she never met Nkechi Mogbo, but that she only phoned her and that they transacted all the business online, I have ordered her release on bail while we continue our investigation.’’  ,,

Family debunks police, Chidinma’s claims, states own facts

The family of the late Usifo Ataga, Super TV CEO, has spoken up for the first time since his killer lover was paraded in Lagos by the state police command on Thursday.

In a statement a spokesperson for Ataga’s relatives put out, there seems a iota of doubt in their take on the police theory—that Ataga’s girlfriend was solely responsible.

According to the police, Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), stabbed her sugar daddy after both were high on drugs and alcohol and a misunderstanding ensued over sex.

“We, the Ataga Family, are grateful to the Nigerian Police for pursuing this investigation,” the family spokesperson Isi Ataga said in the statement.

“However, like you, we have many unanswered questions. Some things don’t add up.”

Isi tried to state their own facts.

“A little over a week ago, unknown persons savagely killed our beloved son, Usifo Ataga. With no regard for him, or his family, who love him, they viciously ended his life.”

Earlier the late CEO’s friends, like the family, had debunked the sugar daddy theory, saying Ataga was a responsible family man, and he might have been assassinated following a mega deal his TV streaming company just sealed.

The online world has not been making things easy for the Atagas since Chidinma confessed.

The death has been a laughing butt the social media enthusiasts have been using to hit sugar daddies in Nigeria.

“His children will grow up to read unkind, thoughtless words from thousands of people who have joined the lynching party in the press and the blogosphere,” said Isi.

“Our aging parents must now struggle to pick up the pieces amid a cacophony of misinformation propagated by strangers.”

He urged anyone with useful information to come forward and share it with the Police.

“We ask, sincerely, that you let us grieve this terrible loss with some privacy. This past week and a half has been the worst period of our lives.”

There’ s more to Chidima’s story, I think the security men will do more justice if they invite her friend that introduced the deceased to her for questioning and I think the friend will provide vital information that will enable them to handle the case properly. There are friends that help you to achieve your dream while some lead you to your destruction.

Choose your friends wisely: is not everyone that comes your way that is worthy of acceptance. This should serve as a lesson to everybody and I believe if security men use soft hand to follow her she will reveal more.

‘Aso Rock Cabal Has Signed A Document To Take Everything From Akwa Ibom’- Apostle Suleman Reveals

” The Cabal in ASO Rock has taken all that is owned in Akwa Ibom state in a document signed by the ” who is who” in the Federal Government, it has already been signed, it remains implementation, as I speak to you, nobody in the state knows, including the governor, soon Akwa Ibom may have nothing left, not even oil, no heritage for next generation, but we can pray and change it” Apostle Johnson Suleman prophesied.

The city of Uyo was on a standstill as Mboho Mpkarawa Ibibio Hall at Udo Udoma lane, Uyo, was filled to it’ s brim as the Restoration Apostle, Apostle, Prof Johnson Suleman, the Senior pastor of Omega Fire Ministry, caused trouble in the oil city of Uyo as expected.

In the year’ s program called ” Generational Impact” which is the Apostle’ s commitment to holding crusade in all Nigerian states, and also to meet up with the vision of the commission to connect 2 billion souls to God, it was Akwa Ibom’ s turn as the Apostle of Restoration was live in Uyo from 22nd to 23rd of June, evening and morning sessions respectively.

During the evening session of the meeting, the man of God highlighted a revelation he received from God as he slept, he said he saw the Cabal in Aso Rock take everything from the state and as he speaks, it was already signed in a document awaiting implementation.

Unlike other meetings, governor Emmanuel Udom was not there, speaking further, Apostle said, ” Me and the governor are neither friends nor enemies, so you can tell him if he cares”

As he concluded, he beckoned on the sons of the Prophets with host of other indigenes of the state to observe a fast for the state so that God will reverse it. The prayers was however taken the next morning session and the man of God prayed and declared words on the state as a father and cancelled it.

FUEL PRICE HIKE: NNPC GMD says Petrol May Sell for N256 Per Litre

Mele Kyari

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kyari, has said the price of petrol in the country should be N256 per litre and not the current selling price of N162 per litre.

This was made known by Mr. Kyari while speaking at a stakeholders meeting organised by the NNPC to stop fuel smuggling.

Commenting on the current PMS and subsidy payment, Mr Kyari noted that the petrol pump price should be N256 per litre given the current exchange rate.

“If we are to sell at the market today at the current exchange rate, we will be selling the product at about N256 to a litre. What we sell today is N162, so the difference is at a cost to the nation,’’ he said.

According to him, the country cannot sustain subsidy payment with the high volume of daily consumption, pointing out that the country coughs up N150 billion every month on subsidy.

The NNPC boss further explained, “As long as we don’t regulate volume until we are able to exit this current level, which I know so much work is going on, then we have to manage the volume that we are exposed to between this price of N162 and N256. The difference comes back to as much as N140 billion to N150 billion cost to the country monthly.

“As long as the volume goes up, that money continues to increase, and we have two sets of stress to face: the stress of supply and stress of foreign exchange for the NNPC. We may not see foreign exchange cheque taking place for importation.’’

Meanwhile, despite an upswing in the global price of crude oil and attendant blessings for oil-producing countries, the price of aviation fuel has spiked nationwide and much to the pains of airlines and travelers in Nigeria.

A fact-check showed that aviation fuel, also called Jet A-1, has lately sold for between N215 at airports in the South and N300/per litre in low traffic aerodromes in the Northern region of the country.

The price had risen in April 2021 to between N250 and N275 per litre, which was about a 200 per cent increase from 2016, when it was sold at N110. It rose to N200 in 2018, hovering around N160 and N170 in 2019.

An average 50 per cent surge in fuel cost, a critical component of airlines’ operation, has also forced airlines to increase airfares with an average Economy Class ticket on less than an hour flight selling for over N65,000.   

There are fears of fuel contamination in some quarters, which experts say, could threaten flight safety. Engr. Femi Adeniji of Tropical Arctic Logistics, a helicopter operator, said any jet fuel cheaper than N270 could have been contaminated.

Chairman and CEO of United Nigeria Airlines, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, decried the development, which he said, has added to the cost of operation.

Okonkwo, whose airline debuted about four months ago, said: “We started operations at N160 per litre barely four months ago and when you move from that price to over N270 within two months, you should expect whatever we are experiencing now. Aviation fuel alone takes between 30 to 40 per cent of airlines’ costs. This is cause for grave concern to everyone.”

It was learnt that the extra burden on end-user airlines and travelers alike is not unconnected with the naira-to-dollar exchange rate, logistics hiccups of importing the product through chaotic Apapa ports, and more expensive distribution to nationwide airports by road.

Aside from the multiple taxes and charges on the product, the monopoly of marketers at less viable airports has also raised the price by some notches – making the product one of the most expensive in the West African region.

Indeed, aviation fuel is the oxygen of the airline business. Though an oil-producing nation and the sixth largest producer in the world, Nigeria’s perennial inability to refine the product locally has made jet fuel susceptible to dictates of the exchange rate, and therefore expensive, accounting for between 30 to 40 per cent of airlines’ operating cost.

Of dire consequence is the recent appreciation of crude oil price to $73.5 per barrel in the world market, and Naira’s free-fall to N500/$1 at home. At these rates, the landing cost of all imported products, including aviation fuel, could only reach for the rooftop.

But the dynamics of aviation fuel is more complicated. As a deregulated arm of the dollar-dependent aviation industry, jet fuel price is directly proportional to the price of crude oil. However, during the plunge of crude oil price late last year, aviation fuel prices did not fall accordingly.

Chief Operating Officer of CITA Petroleum, a major marketer in local aviation, Olasimbo Betiku, said Nigeria is a “situational economy” where pricing is heavily hinged on logistics cost elements.

Betiku said besides the dollar and liquidity constraints, transporting the product through poor infrastructure readily keeps the price comparatively high.

He explained that the product, like others, comes into the country through the Lagos ports, while intractable congestion at Apapa causes a delay in cargo clearance of between four and seven days or more. 

Stakeholders were unanimous that for each idle day, an importer pays between $10,000 to $25,000 extra charter cost per vessel. At more efficient ports, like Cotonou in Benin Republic where clearance takes between three to four hours, such add-on costs do not apply.

The risk of conveying the product in trucks remains a challenge in the sector. Since the early 90s, moving aviation fuel from the Mosimi pipeline to Lagos airport has been abandoned for more expensive road transport. While the cost of transportation within Lagos is about N3 per litre, it is about N15 per litre travelling up North as far as Maiduguri.

Super TV CEO Murdered in Cold Blood

Mr Usifo Ataga.

Controversy is hovering over what led to the death of the Chief Executive Officer of entertainment channel, Super TV, Mr Usifo Ataga.

Online reports claimed that an alleged mistress stabbed him to death with multiple wounds found in several parts of his body after they lodged in a place in the Lekki area of Lagos. The sum of N5m was said to have been withdrawn from his bank account and his phones, debit cards and other valuables reportedly missing.

But some of his close friends who spoke concerning the incidence on Saturday debunked the claims, saying the deceased was murdered and not a philanderer.

One of the deceased’s friends who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the family said he had known Ataga for 25 years.

The close associate added that the deceased was on the verge of “one of the greatest breakthroughs Nigeria has ever seen” through his media establishment, Super TV, a mobile-enabled platform with two major telecommunication multinationals on board to create affordable subscription rates.

He added, “The circumstances under which he was murdered speak of torture. He wasn’t given one blow or shot once and left alone. There are multiple stab wounds on different parts of his body. It appears that someone was trying to get information out of him, and then the final (stab) in his neck was to take his life.

“Is it possible that someone wanted him out of the way? I’m not saying that is what happened. But he was a family man whose life was snuffed out needlessly. He came from a respectable family. Wednesday was his birthday.

Another friend, Rotimi Albert, whose relationship with Ataga began in 1982 at the Federal Government College, Warri, Delta State, and continued into the University of Benin and beyond, described him as a God-fearing, kind and loving man, who had a positive effect on the lives of everybody he came in contact with.

“The police are working diligently to solve this case and I am confident the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Then all the facts will be clear to everybody. I am hoping that they can stop all the social media stories and let the police do their work,” he said.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said he was going to get back to our correspondents but had yet to do so as of the time of this report.

However, a source told our correspondents that the facility manager of the service apartment where the tragic incident took place had been arrested, adding that efforts were on to arrest the fleeing suspect.

The source said, “Investigation is ongoing in Lagos and Abuja, we have the facility manager of the service apartment in our custody and we are interrogating him. The service apartment does not have enough security measures in place that would have prevented such a thing. There was no CCTV camera, if there was a CCTV camera, that would have assisted us in identifying the girl. The management is assisting us and efforts are on to arrest the girl.”

When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said efforts were on to arrest the fleeing suspect, adding that the victim and the suspect had been lodging in the apartment for now fewer than three days.

He stated that the victim met the suspect in the apartment, adding on the day of the incident, the victim was scheduled to travel to Abuja to celebrate his birthday with his family.

He added that the suspect in custody was a tenant who had been using the flat for service apartment, adding that she had been assisting the police investigation.

Fulani bandits Saliu, Suleiman busted with AK-47 rifle in Oyo

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Amotekun arrests two armed bandits in Oyo

Operatives of the Oyo State Security Network code-named Amotekun has apprehended two suspected armed bandits.

Amotekun media unit announced the arrest of the two suspects in a statement on Thursday stating that they were nabbed with an AK47 rifle, pump Action, and a Dane gun.

The suspects identified as Mumini Saliu, aged 45, and 25-year-old Ibrahim Suleiman were nabbed at Alapa Village, Lanlate town in Ibarapa East Local Government Area.

“Saliu and Suleiman had 82 rounds 7.62 ammunition, and 7 cartridges amongst other harmful weapons in their possession when they were arrested,” the statement revealed.

Reportedly, the suspects who are of Fulani extraction could only speak in their language and they revealed that they were recruited from Katsina State by their leader.

The leader of the group escaped arrest while approaching on a motorcycle and made a U-turn on sighting Amotekun’s patrol van.

Amotekun media unit said the suspects had been handed over to the Director of State Services (DSS), Oyo State Command, for further investigation.

The Guilty Are Afraid As Bakassi Boys Return To Anambra

Fear has engulfed many people as Bakassi Boys return to the South East.

Fears As Bakassi Boys Return To South East

The Vigilante group known as Bakassi Boys has returned to the South East years after the group was disbanded.

The dreaded vigilante group popularly known as ‘Bakassi boys’ who had years back engaged in killing those suspected to be evil, Wicked and Unreasonable in Anambra state has resurfaced in the state.

Our correspondence gathered that the Vigilante group during the tenure of Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju engaged in jungle justice as non of their victims was allowed to be tried in the court of Law.

The group came back to crush cultists and other criminals who are now ravaging the peace of the state.

As told through Our Correspondence, over ten people have been reportedly killed by the Bakassi boys since weekend.

A source told this meduim that a video of the arrival of the dreaded vigilante group was  watced in Awka, the state capital at the weekend.

A resident petrol attendant in Awka told Our Correspondence the story of how her customer, “a Keke driver was shot by the Bakassi Boys and the bullet couldn’t penetrate his skin after which he was macheted and burnt alive”.

Our Reporters also gathered that the Bakassi Boys were invited by the indigenes of Awka to help them checkmate the excessess of cultists and other criminal activities that have eaten deep into the fabric of the community.

A source said that Secret cult activities have eaten deep into the hearts of many youths in Anambra state and the entire country.

According to him, Awka indigenes earlier last year brought an idol that would help them to curtail the evil of cult boys in the area which he said did not work.

Reacting to the development, the police spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu said he had no information about the activities of Bakassi Boys, but a senior official confirmed that they arrived on Saturday.

“That’s the only thing I can tell you for now, let’s see how things work out in days and weeks to come,” he said.

“If they engage in jungle justice, nobody will talk, especially the lawyers and human rights groups, but when police engage in such, the whole world will tumble and that’s what the state deserves at this moment, ” the source said.

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Two young men, aged 20 and 23, found with three pistols, N316,640 inside a commercial car

Two young men who boarded a commercial car and were on their way to a destination in Delta State have been arrested after they were found with three pistols, the sum of N316,640 and three mobile phones suspected to have been stolen, the state police command announced on Wednesday, June 16.

The two young men, whose names and ages were given as Kelvin Godstime, aged 20 years and Samson Ekutu, aged 23 years, were arrested by operatives of the Eagle-Net Special Squad who were on routine patrol/stop and search duty along Ughelli-Warri Expressway

They were said to have been arrested inside a Toyota Picnic commercial car with registration number AAA 464 YA which had six male passengers including the two young men and which was heading towards Warri.

It was gathered that when the police operatives flagged down the vehicle, they asked all the passengers to come down for search and during the search, both Kelvin and Samson were found with the three locally-made pistols along with the sum of N316,640 and three phones suspected to have been stolen.

According to a statement by the state police command through its acting Public Relations Officer, Edafe Bright, on the Facebook wall of the command, following the discovery, the two young men were subsequently arrested while investigation is ongoing about their activities.

According to the statement: “Operatives of the Eagle-Net Special Squad, while on routine patrol/stop and search duty along Ughelli-Warri expressway stopped a Toyota Picnic car car with registration number AAA 464 YA with six male occupants.

“The countenance and behaviour of some of the passengers aroused suspicion, hence they were all asked to come down for search. 

“While in the process of searching, three locally-made pistols, three mobile phones, power bank and the cash sum of N316,640 were found in possession of two of the passengers. 

“The two young men, Kelvin Godstime, aged 20 years of Upper Afisere in Ughelli North Local Government Area and Samson Ekutu, aged 23 years of Ugbogeme of Udu Local Government Area, were arrested in the process. 

“Investigation is ongoing after which they will be prosecuted as soon as possible.”  

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“My Husband Has Not Touched Me For 23 Years, Gave Me Permission to be With Other Men” Woman Opens Up

Most women go through a lot of disturbing moments in marriage due to natural occurances such as menstruation,child birth among others.

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50-year-old woman from Nairobi, Penninah Mueni has opened up about her struggles for the past 23 years in marriage after she gave birth to her first born child.

Speaking on an exclusive interview with Tuko News, Mueni has opened up on her struggles revealing that her husband has not touched her for the past 23 years.

Mueni has explained that immediately she gave birth to her first born, her husband stopped touching her and was no longer attracted to her as a woman.

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Her husband even went ahead and gave her permission to go out and be with other men not minding the dangers of allowing her to go out with other men.

Mueni however maintains that her husband is the only man she ever loved and has come to accept her painful place in the society as a mother of one.

The remaks by Mueni have sparked a series of mixed reactions from netizens online including;

Contrary To Earlier Speculations, Abacha Didn’t Die After Eating Apples From Concubines – Al-Mustapha

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha has recounted how the former boss died.

Al-Mustapha said Abacha did not die after eating an apple from his concubines, as widely speculated.

Speaking on how his late boss died, the former CSO said Abacha died after a brief illness.

According to ThisDay, Al-Mustapha said the late military ruler’s health suddenly collapsed on June 7, 1998, from the Abuja International Airport, after one of the security personnel, who accompanied President Yasser Arafat of Palestine shook hands with him.

Al-Mustapha said: “Shortly after the handshake, I noticed the change in the countenance of the late Commander-in-Chief, and I immediately informed the Aide-de-Camp, Lt. Col. Abdallah, who advised that we keep a close watch on him.

“Later in the evening of June 8, 1998, around 6 p.m., his doctor came around and administered an injection to stabilise him. He was advised to have a short rest.

“At about 5 a.m., the security guards ran to my quarters to inform me that Abacha was very unstable.”

Al-Mustapha disclosed that he thought the officers who came to his house was an attempted coup plot, so he had to divert their attention on his movement to Abacha’s residence.

He added: “When I got to the bedside of the Head of State, he was already gasping. Ordinarily, I could not just touch him. It was not allowed in our job. But under the situation, I knelt close to him and shouted: ‘General Sani Abacha, Sir, please grant me permission to touch and carry you.

“I again knocked at the stool beside the bed and shouted in the same manner, yet he did not respond. I then realised that there was a danger. I immediately called the Head of State’s personal physician, Dr. Wali, who arrived in the place in eight minutes from his house. He immediately gave Abacha two doses of injection, one at the heart and another close to his neck. This did not work apparently, as the Head of State had turned very cold.

“He then told me that the Head of State was dead and that nothing could be done after all.”

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