The Nigerian Correctional Service has explained why special transportation was given to Chidinma Ojukwu, the prime suspect in the murder of the CEO of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, as she was driven out of the court premises on Monday.
Infoexpert24 reports that Chidinma was given a special ride immediately after the court session, on Monday
Minutes after she was remanded by Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo, a prison official put Miss Chidinma Ojukwu, without handcuffs, in the front seat of a Toyota Camry car with Lagos plate number EPE 671 BD, and whisked her away from the Yaba Magistrates’ Court.
The front windows of the car with tainted black glasses were wound down such that Chidinma could be seen looking straight ahead as the car sped out of the courthouse parking lot. They left behind a green prison bus, which was used to convey other inmates to the courthouse.
Explaining that there was a good reason for the treatment Miss Ojukwu got, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Rotimi Oladokun said the Correctional Service often makes special transportation arrangements for defendants in high profile cases, as a security measure.
“It’s not the usual practice. It was a security diversion. It is a high-profile case, so it was part of our security diversion. It was just to create a diversion,” Oladokun told The Nation
Chief Magistrate Adedayo on Monday remanded Ojukwu and her co-defendant Adedapo Quadri for 30 days following an application by the police counsel Cyril Ejiofor.
The defendants were accused to have conspired to kill Ataga and stole his laptop, phones and cash valued at N3.8 million.
They allegedly committed the offenses on June 16, at No. 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
The court adjourned till September 6, for review of remand and Directorate of Public Prosecution’s Advice (DPP)’s advice.
Infoexpert24 recalls that Chidinma was paraded on June 29 pleaded for forgiveness saying she was not ready to die. She attributed her action to the influence of hard drugs and smoking. But things took a dramatic turn on July 13, 2021, when she recanted on her earlier confession.