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Ataga’s Murder: Police nab more suspects

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More suspects have been arrested in the assassination of SuperTV’s CEO, Michael Usifo Ataga, by the Lagos State Police Command. Hakeem Odumosu, the state Commissioner of Police, made the announcement during a press conference at the Command headquarters in Ikeja yesterday, dismissing claims that the police were giving the key suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu, a soft landing.

He claimed that the 21-year-old University of Lagos student was still a suspect and that her rights were safeguarded by the Nigerian Constitution while assuring the public that the Police would not compromise on the matter.

“We have established a case of conspiracy in the murder and we have arrested more suspects,” Odumosu said.

In an interview with Crime Fighters, Chidinma denied involvement in the assassination of Ataga. She further said that the deceased revealed that he and his wife, Brenda Ataga, were not having a good marriage.

Meanwhile, approximately 1,000 suspects for various offenses were paraded before the headquarters. According to him, the suspects include 1,320 miscreants and hoodlums who were apprehended during operations around the state.

Some of them, Odumosu said, were with dangerous weapons while hard drugs were recovered from them. He said: “The Command wishes to reiterate its determination and commitment to harnessing all available means of reducing crimes and social vices in Lagos State as required of the Police.

“In totality, from the month of May 2021 till date, the command arrested 66 suspected armed robbers, 72 suspected cultists, and 47 murder suspects. In addition, the Command recovered 110 arms, 125 ammunition of various calibers, and eight stolen vehicles.

Surprisingly, the Command was able to solve 46 armed robbery incidents across the state. During the period under review, the Command was able to charge 151 defendants in court, including 15 cultists and armed robbers.”

 

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