IfeOluwa Oluwo, a witness who offers within the sale and buy of telephones, laptop computer and equipment, has advised the Lagos State High Court sitting on the Tafawa Balewa Square annex in Igbosere how he purchased a MacBook Pro laptop computer from Chidinma Ojukwu on June 18, 2021.
Chidinma, a 21-year-old Mass Communication pupil of the University of Lagos, is standing trial for the homicide of the CEO of on-line video streaming platform, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, whose physique was found at a brief let flat in Lekki part 1 the place he and the accused had lodged into three days earlier.
She was arrested by the police on June 23, 2021. She was mentioned to have been in a romantic relationship with 50-year-old Usifo for about 4 months earlier than the incident.
Usifo was discovered lifeless with a number of stabs on June 16 at a brief let condo on Adebowale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase I the place he had checked in with Chidinma.
She was consequently arrested on June 23 in her father’s home in Yaba and paraded on the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.
She confessed to stabbing Usifo with a knife drunk and withdrawing N380,000 from the sufferer’s account together with his ATM card. She, nonetheless, backtracked later in a video, absolving herself from the homicide.
Usifo was buried on July 30 in a low-key ceremony attended by his relations, together with his spouse, and mates.
According to PremiumTimes, Oluwo who’s the third prosecution witness within the trial advised Justice Yetunde Adesanya that his firm positioned at Computer Village, Ikeja sells and buys model new and used gadgets.
He identifies the primary defendant, Chidinma Ojukwu as his buyer who purchased a telephone from him on April 30 this 12 months and says she additionally offered a laptop computer to him on June 18.
According to him, the MacBook Pro was valued at N495,000 after negotiations and market worth comparability.
When requested by the prosecuting counsel How he conducts gross sales of used objects from a buyer with a view to forestall shopping for a stolen property, the witness mentioned the particular person is required to submit paperwork which embrace a authorities accepted ID card, and should fill a kind offering their full names, contact particulars in addition to the title, serial quantity and worth of the merchandise.
“We do this in order to contact the customer whenever any issues arise. I have never experienced any issue on purchases like this,” he defined.
He added that he was referred to as in to examine the laptop computer Chidinma introduced on June 18, and that he was unable to entry it initially, so He requested her to unlock the gadget which she did.
“Then I asked for the receipt of purchase of the laptop, she stated that It was a gift from her boyfriend and that she now had two laptops, so she wanted to sell one in order to pay for some bills.
“Then I confirmed the value of the laptop from Apple’s website, I found my mark and market valuation which led to a value of 1000-1,200 dollars. As at that time, the dollar rate was about 400-450 naira per dollar.”
“She wanted to sell for 600,000 naira, but we agreed to 495,000 naira which I negotiated from my UBA account to her Sterling Bank account, after the forms were filled and the documents in our possession.”
Oluwo went on to say that After the sale, they learnt on social media concerning the dying of the deceased and that the title of the suspect resembled that of his buyer, so he saved the paperwork of the transaction useful.
A couple of days later, the police from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, invited his supervisor, Olutayo Abayomi for questioning.
“When I got to the station, I discovered that the case was connected with the purchase of the laptop from Chidinma. We both wrote statements detailing our account in relation to the laptop, we explained to the police how we made a purchase of the laptop and supplied her voters card, and our form containing all relevant information pertaining to her and the laptop.”
The witness concluded his evidence-in-chief by saying there is no such thing as a option to detect if a telephone or laptop computer introduced in to be offered is stolen.
During the transient cross examination, the counsel to the undergraduate, Onwuka Egwu, requested Mr Oluwo if he was proven any doc at Panti, as on the contrary of what Chidinma advised him concerning the possession of the MacBook, and he mentioned no.
The witness wished to elucidate additional saying he forgot so as to add data earlier, however the lawyer mentioned it wasn’t mandatory.
The two different protection counsel, Babatunde Busari and Olajide Odusanya declined cross examination, saying the proof didn’t indict their purchasers.
Chidinma Ojukwu and one Adedapo Quadri are standing trial for the homicide.
Chidinma alone is accused of stealing the deceased’s two iPhones, his MacBook and two ATM playing cards from which N380,000 was allegedly withdrawn.
While a 3rd particular person, Chioma Egbuchu is accused of receiving the late Mr Ataga’s stolen telephone.