A computer, phone and accessories dealer at the Computer Village, Ikeja has said that he unknowingly bought the late Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga’s MacBook Pro laptop from the alleged murderer Chidinma Ojukwu at N495,000.00.
The dealer who identified himself as Ifeoluwa Olowu was a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Chidinma and two others.
Testifying before the judge Yetunde Adesanya, at the Lagos state high court, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos on Thursday as being led in evidence by the Lagos State prosecuting counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule, Olowu said he bought the laptop from Chidinma, unaware of the crime committed.
Chidinma, a 300-level undergraduate of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos, was accused of killing Ataga in collaboration with two others, Adedapo Quadri and Chioma Egbuchu, who are equally charged in the murder case.
Narrating how he came in contact with Chidinma, Oluwo the computer dealer said Chidinma visited his store at Computer Village, Ikeja to sell the MacBook Pro laptop to him on June 18. Even though she had earlier bought a phone from his store on April 30th.
The dealer also said he later recognised her after he got news of the crime Chidinma was alleged to have committed.
Asked how he verified the ownership of the device before acquiring it, the witness said he demanded an ID card.
He also said the seller must fill a form providing their full names, contact details, serial number, and value of the item.
Olowu, however, said he didn’t question the ownership of the laptop after Chidinma unlocked it herself.
“She wanted to sell for N600,000, but we agreed to N495,000 which I transferred from my account to her Sterling Bank account after the forms were filled and the documents in our possession,” he said.
“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.”
Olowu said the state criminal investigation department, Panti had invited Olutayo Abayomi, his manager, for questioning.
He also said documents of the sale exonerated them after they found that the device was linked to the murder case.
The judge adjourned the case till November 29, for the continuation of trial.
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