Nigeria: Why I stabbed Super TV CEO Ataga to death – UNILAG student
A 21-year-old, 300-level University of Lagos student told reporters in Lagos on Thursday that she stabbed Super TV CEO Michael Ataga to death in self-defense.
The student said this when she was introduced by the Lagos State Police Commissioner Mr. Hakeem Odumosu at the command headquarters.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Ataga’s lifeless body was found on June 16 in an apartment in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos with multiple injuries.
The student who said she was arrested at her residence in Alagomeji, Yaba, where she resides with her parents, said she met Ataga about five months ago.
“One Sunday June 13th he asked me to have a place where we could stay. I checked online and emailed him, he asked me to go check it out, which I did and paid.
“On Monday June 14 we were drinking, smoking together and I also went to get some food. On Tuesday June 15, he was making advances to me and I resisted, so he got violent and then did what he wanted. .
“In the afternoon he ordered some smoke, ate and we got high because I also smoked with him although I was still angry for the first one he did.
“So I was alone, I was watching a movie on the couch. He came back to me and I said no because I wasn’t happy with him.
“I told him he wasn’t helping me but just playing me, he kept trying to make advances and I was resisting so I had to defend myself.
“At one point he hit my head against the wall and suffocated me. I tried to escape but the door was locked so he pulled me back.
“I grabbed a knife in the kitchen and stabbed him twice in the neck and threw the knife on the bed.
“He then tried to reach for the knife so I picked him up and stabbed him the third time.” she said.
“She said she only withdrew 380,000 N from Ataga’s account after she escaped and not 5 million N.
“Odumosu, while addressing reporters, said the student quickly changed her clothes and left the apartment.
“Odumosu said Ataga’s body was discovered in a pool of blood when it was time to clean the apartment on Wednesday June 16, during which the door must have been broken.
Odumosu said the suspect escaped with the victim’s automated teller machine (ATM) card that was used to withdraw money from his account.
The police commissioner said he felt it necessary to inform the public of the investigation update, noting that there had been false reports outstanding regarding the incident.
Odumosu further urged the public to use social media in a positive way and not for false reporting.
NAN learned that Ataga was first reported missing by worried friends and family after all efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Checks carried out at his office on Victoria Island showed he was not there, putting everyone in a panic mood, including his wife and children who reside in Abuja before his body was found later.
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