Ataga’s murder: Drama as defendant changes guilty plea at counsel’s instance

A defendant, Adedapo Quadri, allegedly amended his guilty plea at the request of his lawyer at the start of the murder trial of Super TV’s Chief Executive Officer, Micheal Usifo Ataga, before a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square yesterday. The Lagos State Government is prosecuting Quadri, Chidinma Ojukwu, a claimed University of Lagos 300-level Mass Communication student, and her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, for the deceased’s murder on June 15, 2021 at 19, Adewale Oshin Street, in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

The suspects were presented before Justice Yetunde Adesanya yesterday on eight charges of conspiracy, murder, and attempted murder.

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Egbuchu was specifically charged for stealing the late Ataga’s iPhone 7; while the first defendant’s sister ( Egbuchu) was arraigned on count nine of the charge, which borders on stealing iPhone 7, belonging to late Ataga.

Both Chidinma and Egbuchu pleaded not guilty to the charge.

However, when the second defendant (Adedapo Quadri) was arraigned, he pleaded guilty to the first count charge but was quickly corrected by defence counsel to plead not guilty to the charge.

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