By Emeka Okafor
Chidinma Ojukwu, the alleged killer of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Super TV, Mr. Usifo Ataga, has revealed more details about herself and how she became a drug addict just after gaining admission into the University of Lagos.
The 21-year-old 300-level mass communication students also apologised to the family of late Ataga, saying she never knew that the deceased whom she dated for four months was married with children.
While revealing that it was her childhood dream to become a superstar singer or actress, she named some Nigerian and foreign celebrities including Tiwa Savage, Beyonce, Rihanna, Genevieve, and Regina Hall as her role models.
The suspect revealed these details in an interview published in Sunday PUNCH, adding that she was introduced into drugs by her old friends.
“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”, she stated.
The undergraduate begged the family of the deceased to forgive her, saying that her action was regrettable.
She 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 revealed further that her drug-induced lifestyle started smoking after got admitted into UNILAG.
She also accepted that she was the one in a viral video smoking before the incident leading to her arrested happened.
“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).”
“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”, Chidinma added.
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.
She was arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command who tracked her down at her father’s Alagomeji, Yaba residence, in Lagos.