The Inspector General of Police ordered that the Force Criminial Investigation Department takes up the case while the prime suspect of the murder of the SuperTV CEO be transported to Abuja, according to Sahara Reporters.
“IGP has approved the transfer of Usifo Ataga’s murder case to Abuja. It will be handled by the FCID,” a top source told SaharaReporters.
The family claimed on Wednesday that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, may be protecting the murders of their son because of the police’s questionable handling of the case.
Chidinma, the key suspect in Ataga’s murder, was allegedly arraigned in a Yaba Magistrate Court without the family’s knowledge.
Last Sunday, the family of the deceased Super TV CEO hired Mike Ozekhome, SAN, a human rights lawyer, to ensure that justice was given for their deceased son.
In a letter to Ozekhome, Ataga’s family also accused the police of obstructing efforts to bring those responsible for the Super TV CEO’s murder to justice.
In the letter, the family accused the Lagos CP of “attempting to protect the Ataga murders.” Chidinma’s apparent easy travel from prison to court and back to prison was also criticized by the Usifo family. Chidinma was reportedly transported without handcuffs in an Uber ride.
The family claimed that the man who claimed to be Chidinma’s father and was charged with impeding an inquiry was her “sugar daddy,” not her biological father.
They had criticized the magistrate court for granting N1 million bail to Chidinma’s father and another suspect in the case, Babalola Disu.
Disu was “strongly suspected” of carrying out the murder, according to the family.
Ataga’s family based their suspicions on information that Disu’s short-term rental flat was exactly across the street from the one where Mr Ataga was killed.
The family, on the other hand, encouraged Ozekhome and his team to take up the case and ensure that justice is served by a thorough investigation of all individuals involved in the murder.
Ozekhome also revealed that he is currently Ataga’s legal representative. Ozekhome said the bereaved family engaged him “to protect and defend the interests of the Ataga family and his teeming friends, admirers, kinsmen, and business acquaintances, to ensure that justice is duly served in the matter,” in a statement released on Sunday.