The man told the court he bought Ataga’s missing laptop from Chidinma for N495,000

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The man told the court he bought Ataga's missing laptop from Chidinma for N495,000

“She stated that it was a gift from her boyfriend, and that she has two laptops and needed to sell one to pay for some bills. “I conducted a check on a website for my market evaluation. I confirmed the value of the laptop. It was $1,000 to $1,200. “The exchange rate of Dollars as at that time was N400 to N450.

The witness said: “After the sale of the laptop, we saw her face on social media, regarding a murder case. “Few days later, the Police from State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, invited my Manager, Olutayo Abayomi. “A call was made to me by someone else in the office, that he has been invited to the police station. So I proceeded to the station to find out why.“When I got to the Police Station, I discovered that it was in connection to the laptop we bought from Chidinma on June 18. “We both made a statement detailing how we came about the laptop and how we made the purchase.

“There is no way we can detect that a phone or laptop was a stolen one,” he said. During cross-examination, the first defendant’s counsel, Mr. Onwuka Egwu, asked if he was shown any documents, receipts or proof of ownership to show that the laptop was not for the first defendant at Panti. He said no. Justice Adesanya adjourned the case to November 29, for continuation of trial.

“We gave the police the documents of the former owner, which included a copy of her voters’ card, a copy of our form, all receipts which already have her information, regarding the laptop,” the witness said. Asked if he can detect that a product is a stolen item, he said no.

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  • Mr. Ifeoluwa Oluwo, a businessman, told a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, on Thursday how Chidinma Ojukwu, the murder suspect in the case of Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, sold him the deceased’s laptop. He said that he purchased the laptop for N495,000 from the first defendant on June 18, two days after Ataga’s body was discovered at the short service apartment in Lekki. The witness told the court that he saw her (defendant) on social media about a murder case after he bought the laptop.

  • “She wanted to sell for N600,000. We were able to negotiate for N495,000, which I initiated from my bank account to hers.” When asked if the first defendant produced the receipt of the laptop, Oluwo further told the court that she was not able to provide the receipt as she insisted that it was a gift from her boyfriend.

The three defendants were arraigned on October 12 on a nine-count charge preferred against them by Lagos State Government. The first and second defendants were alleged to have conspired and murdered Ataga on June 15, by stabbing him several times with a knife on the neck and chest. Vanguard News Nigeria