A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Monday remanded a 21-year-old student, Chidinma Ojukwu and one Adedapo Quadri, 40 for thirty days at a correctional centre for alleged murder.
The duo are facing trial for allegedly killing Mr Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV as Mrs Adeola Adedayo, the Chief Magistrate, gave the order after the Prosecutor, Mr Cyril Ajifor, appealed to the court to remand both of them to enable the police to complete the investigation.
Adedayo also directed that the case file be forwarded to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice and adjourned the case until September 5 for mention.
Ajifor had told the court that the defendants allegedly committed the offences on June 16, at No. 19, Adewale Oshin St., Lekki Phase 1, Lagos saying Ojukwu and Quadri, conspired to kill Ataga and stole his phones, laptop and cash valued at N3.8m.
On arraignment on Monday, the police had brought the duo and other five defendants Obafemi Disu, 42; Chioma Egbuchi, 28; Onoh Ojukwu, 57; Ifeoluwa Olowu, 24 and Olutayo Abayomi, 23.
But the magistrate ruled that the prosecution must separate the charge of Ojukwu and Quadri from the other five defendants before arraignment.
Adedayo said Ojukwu and Quadri should be arraigned for conspiracy, murder and stealing while others should be rearranged for allegedly receiving stolen property, resisting public officers and attempting to pervert justice.
The prosecution separated the charges and appealed to the court to dock the other five defendants before the end of Monday’s sitting.