Chidinma sold Ataga’s laptop to me for N495,000 - Businessman Speaks

Mr Ifeoluwa Oluwo, a businessman, has described how Chidinma Ojukwu sold him the laptop of slain Super TV Chief Executive Officer Michael Ataga for N495,000 two days after his body was discovered.

Chidinma, a University of Lagos 300-level Mass Communication student, was accused of killing Ataga, read here

The undergraduate, Adedapo Quadri, and two others, Chioma Egbuchu and Adedapo Quadri, are on trial before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos State.

Mr Yusuf Sule, the Lagos State prosecuting attorney, led Oluwo, the third prosecution witness, in evidence at the resumed hearing on Thursday.

Oluwo, who has been in the company for five years, sells phones, laptops, and accessories at Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos.

He claims that after seeing Chidinma on social media following the laptop sale, he promptly made sure that all of her documents were kept safe.

Chidinma was identified as a customer who bought a phone on April 30 and sold a laptop on June 18 at the same office, according to the witness.

Oluwo said, "On June 18, Chidinma sold me a MacBook Pro laptop for N495,000 after negotiations and market value comparison. 

"In order to make a sale, you have to submit some documents and fill a form with your government identification card, driving license, international passport, voters’ card, and National Identification Number.

"You also have to fill a form which includes email, phone number, house address, and full name. It will also contain the full value of the item for that day, the name of the item, and the serial number of the item.

"This is what we do to contact a customer if there are any issues. I asked Chidinma to unlock the laptop and she did. So, I conducted my internal observation which included speed performance, the circle count of the battery, and general functionality.

"After that, I proceeded to ask questions, ‘Do you have a receipt for this laptop?’ She stated that it was a gift from her boyfriend and that she had two laptops and needed to sell one to pay some bills.

"I conducted a check on a website for my market evaluation. I confirmed the value of the laptop. It was $1,000 to $1,200. 

"The exchange rate of dollars at that time was N400 to N450 and she wanted to sell for N600,000. We were able to negotiate for N495,000, which I initiated from my UBA bank account to her Sterling bank account."

When questioned if Chidinma had presented the laptop receipt, Oluwo responded that she was unable to do so since she had argued that the laptop was a gift from her lover.

"After the laptop was sold, we spotted her face on social media in connection with a murder investigation." My manager, Olutayo Abayomi, was invited by the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, a few days later.

"When I got to the police station, I discovered that it was in connection to the laptop we bought from Chidinma on June 18.

"We both made a statement detailing how we came about the laptop and how we made the purchase.

"We gave the police the documents of the former owner, which included a copy of her voters’ card, a copy of our form, and all receipts which already have her information regarding the laptop.

"We have no means of knowing if a phone or laptop has been stolen," Oluwo said.

Onwuka Egbu, Chidinma's lawyer, questioned if the witness was handed any documentation, receipts, or proof of ownership to demonstrate that the laptop was not for the first defendant at Panti, but the witness responded no.

The case was adjourned by Justice Adesanya to November 29 for the continuation of the trial.

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