One of the suspects arraigned in the alleged murder of the Super TV CEO, the late Usifo Ataga, has denied the family’s allegation that he conspired to kill Ataga.
In a letter by his lawyers, David and Co, dated August 19, 2021, Babalola Disu said the allegation as malicious and false.
The family claimed not to be aware of when the prime suspect, 21-year-old Chidinma Ojukwu, was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Yaba, Lagos.
The police also arraigned Onoh Ojukwu, 57, and Disu, 42, for obstructing the police from performing their duties and failing to report a crime.
The other three defendants, Jessica Egbochi, 28; Abayomi Olutayo, 23; and Ifeoluwa Olowu, 23, were accused of receiving stolen items.
Disu was granted bail of N100 million with two sureties in like sum.
The Atagas believe he deserved more punishing terms. The allegation against him was he failed to report the killing of Ataga.
Disu’s lawyer, David Orife of Davids and Co., denied the allegation against him.
“This statement was undoubtedly made with the intention of portraying our client as an irresponsible man, a criminal and a murderer. Our client is the only Disu who was arraigned for refusal to report the death of late Ataga.”
The bereaved family has engaged lawyer Mike Ozekhome to fight their case, especially because of what they describe as unprofessional way the police is handling the matter.