The Lagos State Police Command has revealed that the newly-created Information and Communication Technology by the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, aided the arrest of Chidinma Ojukwu, the 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos, who allegedly stabbed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga.
Ojukwu confessed to stabbing Ataga multiple times in the neck, leading to his death on June 15, 2021 in the Lekki area of the state before fleeing the scene of the crime.
In a statement titled, ‘Lagos Security: Police Go Tough On Armed Robbers, Miscreants’, on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the command deployed “scientific method” to track the suspect, who used different SIM cards – both Nigerian and foreign ones.
Recall that the suspect was also arrested with “Complimentary cards, Access Bank Statement of Account, one Nigerian Passport with No.B50010434 belonging to the suspect, one fake Drivers license bearing Mary Johnson with the suspect’s photograph, one National Identification Card bearing the suspect’s name, one UBA ATM debit card bearing the suspect’s name and one University of Lagos ID card bearing the suspect’s name.”
The 21-year-old suspect also confessed that she withdrew N380,000 from his account using his ATM card when she was paraded by the command on Thursday at the command headquarters in the Ikeja area of Lagos, Punch reports.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, recently established ICT/Tracking Unit at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba-Lagos, to adopt scientific and forensic measures of unravelling crimes and criminality in Lagos State.
“The unit, named D23, headed by SP Kasumu Rilwan, a computer scientist, has been instrumental to the landmark achievements and many feats recorded by the command under the watch of CP Hakeem Odumosu, including the latest arrest of the prime suspect in the alleged murder of Mr Michael Usifo Ataga, one Chidimma Adaora Ojukwu on 23rd, June, 2021.
“Similarly, the Commissioner of Police recently created two Squads, the Special Squad and the Strike Team, at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja-Lagos, to complement the existing department and units of the command in combating crimes in the state. The new Squads, as well, have played many roles in suppressing and keeping criminals and hoodlums at bay in Lagos State.”
The command said the suspect will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation.