The Lagos State Police Command has explained why Chidinma Ojukwu, the key suspect in the assassination of Super TV’s Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, has not been brought to justice.
The University of Lagos undergraduate and Ataga were reportedly lodged at a service apartment in the state’s Lekki region, where the latter’s body was recovered the next day.
On Wednesday, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police Public Relations Officer, told one of our journalists that Chidinma would be taken to court once the police investigation was completed.
“We will take her to court when we finish the investigation; we are still investigating,” he stated.
However, a Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Jiti Ogunye, urged the police to get a remand order to justify the suspect’s continued detention.
Ogunye, who noted that sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution gave the police the right to detain a murder suspect, also stated that the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State mandated them to obtain a remand order to justify a suspect’s continued detention.
“The detention of this lady is not unconstitutional if a remand order has been obtained; if the remand order has not been obtained, the police will be expected to obtain a remand order to justify her detention,” he stated.
Ogunye, however, expressed disappointment at how the police were handling the investigation, adding that granting the media access to interrogate her was unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has said the management will follow due process in dealing with Chidinma.