Abubakar Mohammed, the security guard at the service apartment where SuperTV chief Usifo Ataga was murdered, yesterday maintained his earlier testimony that the first defendant, Chidinma Ojukwu left a night before Ataga’s body was discovered.

Mohammed restated this under cross-examination by counsel to the first defendant, Onwuka Egwu before Justice Yetunde Adesanya at a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

Ojukwua, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos is standing trial for the murder alongside her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri.

At the resumed hearing yesterday the witness said Miss Ojukwu left the apartment on Tuesday night and did not return to the premises even after the body was found.

Mohammed said that when the defendant was leaving, he was at his duty post and that she waived at him and entered an Uber car.

Mohammed told the court that he did not get the full view of the victim, Ataga, when he came into the premises because the victim was inside his vehicle.

He also said the victim did not come out of his apartment after checking in, adding that it was only the defendant who came out or called him on the phone when she needed any help.

The witness said that a dispatch rider came once to the house and that he gave the first defendant a small parcel which he did not know the content.

Mohammed said he was able to identify the defendant at the police station during investigation “because she wears her face mask without covering her nose. I was also able to identify her when she removed her face mask. The police also asked her if she knew me and my name, and the defendant answered yes and mentioned my name, Abu”.

Justice Adesanya adjourned the case until November 25.

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