An apartment security guard said this on Wednesday when testifying before a Lagos high court as the second prosecution witness in the murder trial.
Security guard Abubakar Mohammed was being cross-examined in court in Tafawa Balewa Square.
Mr. Mohammed began his testimony on Tuesday.
He was cross-examined on Wednesday by defense counsel.
Undergraduate student Miss Ojukwu is on trial along with her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri.
While Miss Ojukwu and Quadri are charged with conspiracy and murder of Ataga, Egbuchu is charged with stealing Ataga’s iPhone.
During his cross-examination by Ojukwu’s lawyer, Mr. Onwuka Egwu, the security officer stated that Miss Ojukwu left the apartment on the night of June 15 and did not return to the scene itself. after the discovery of Ataga’s body.
He said that when Miss Ojukwu was leaving he was at her duty station and she pulled away from him and entered a vehicle.
The witness denied telling police he suspected one Babalola Disu, who had also logged in to the apartment at the time the alleged murder occurred.
Mohammed also told the court that he did not have a full view of Ataga when he entered the premises because he (Ataga) was inside a vehicle.
He also said the deceased did not leave his apartment after entering.
The witness said it was Ojukwu who went out or called her on the phone when she needed help.
Quadri’s counsel, Me Babatunde Busari, also cross-examined the witness.
Busari asked him to confirm if a dispatcher had actually come to the apartment and how many times the dispatcher had come.
The witness testified that an expedition rider once came to the apartment, adding that the expedition rider gave Miss Ojukwu a small package, the contents of which he did not know.
The witness was, however, re-examined by prosecution lawyer Yusuf Sule, during which he told the court that Miss Ojukwu was the person who came to check in at the apartment.
Mohammed said he was able to identify her at a police station during an investigation “because she is wearing her face mask without covering her nose.”
“I was also able to identify her when she removed her face mask.
“The police also asked her (the defendant) if she knew me and my name, the defendant replied, ‘Yes’ and mentioned my name, Abu.
NAN reports that the witness told the court on Tuesday how Ojukwu and Ataga allegedly connected to the apartment where he worked as a security guard.
He said that they stayed on June 13 and that Ojukwu left the area on the night of June 15 and did not return.
He told the court that he found Ataga’s corpse on the morning of June 16.
Judge Yetunde Adesanya adjourned the case until November 25 for the trial to continue.
NAN reports that the three defendants were brought to justice on October 12 on nine charges brought against them by the Lagos State government.
Ojukwu and Quadri face the first eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, fabricating bank statements and theft.
The third accused, Egbuchu, faces the ninth count of theft of Ataga’s iPhone 7.
Ojukwu and Quadri reportedly conspired and murdered Ataga on June 15, 2021, repeatedly stabbing him with a knife in the neck and chest.
The alleged murder took place at No.19 Adewale Oshin St., Lekki Phase 1, Lagos State.
The duo were also accused of committing a forgery by obtaining and making bank statements allegedly made by the deceased.
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