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Mr Onoh Ojukwu and four other persons were on Monday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged obstruction of justice and failing to report a crime to the law enforcement agencies.
Ojukwu is the father of Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, the alleged killer of the Chief Executive of Super Television, Mr Michael Usifo Ataga.
Ojukwu, 57, and Babalola Disu, 42, are facing trial on charges of obstructing the police from performing their duties and failing to report a crime to the police.
The three other defendants, Ifeoluwa Olowu, 23; Jessica Egbochi, 28; and Abayomi Olutayo, 23, are to face trial for dishonestly receiving stolen items.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Mr Cyril Ejiofor, the Prosecutor, from the State Criminal Investigative and Intelligence Department, Panti, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on June 18 and 23, at Computer village, Ikeja, and Alagomeji, Yaba.
Ejiofor alleged that Ojukwu had refused the police from arresting his daughter, Chidinma, when the law caught up with her.
He added that the second defendant, Disu, had also failed to report the death of Ataga to the police.
Ejiofor said, “The other three defendants were also alleged to have dishonestly received a MacBook valued at N2.5 million and an iPhone 7 worth N150,000 belonging to the deceased.”
The Prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 97, 117, 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties each in like sum, who must make a deposit of N20,000 into the coffers of the Chief registrar.
She, however, adjourned the case until Sept. 6 for mention.