THE owner of the rented apartment where Michael Usifo Ataga, Super TV Chief Executive Officer, was murdered on Thursday narrated to a Lagos High Court how the body of the victim was discovered.
The owner of the apartment, Nkechi Mogbo, made this known while giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the ongoing trial of Chidinma Ojukwu and two others.
Ojukwu, along with her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri, are standing trial for the murder of Ataga
Mogbo said that on June 13, at about 4:00 p.m, a lady (suspect) called her on phone with a private number and requested the apartment.
The witness said the lady requested to see the apartment to ensure that the facilities were up to the standard she needed. Mogbo said that she communicated with the lady through WhatsApp message.
She said the lady took the apartment and paid for three days, the sum of N125,000.
“The security guard at the apartment handed her the key to the apartment, but two days later (June 15th), the lady sent a message to my WhatsApp stating that her friend would stay for two more days,” Mogbo said
The witness also said that on June 16, at about 10:00 a.m a second payment of N50,000 for the two extra days was made from the same GTB account.
Mogbo said that when she called her security guard for a different issue, “the security told me that a body was discovered on the ground of the apartment and that the lady left a night before.”