Following a request from the police, Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo issued the order.
Adedapo Quadri, Ojukwu’s co-defendant, was also remanded on the same terms.
Police counsel Cyril Ejiofor had asked the court to remand both the first and second defendants, Ojukwu and Quadri, pending the release of a report on the case from the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Dr. Babajide Martins, Director of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), who noted that the prosecution failed to provide him with the remand application, did not object to Ejiofor’s prayer “on principle.”
“In the absence of any opposition, the two defendants are hereby remanded for 30 days in the first instance,” Mrs Adedayo said, granting the prosecution’s request.
“The case is hereby adjourned until September 5 to allow for a review of the remand and DPP’s advice.”
On June 23, 2021, Ojukwu, a 21-year-old University of Lagos Mass Communication student, was arrested by the police.
She had been dating Ataga, 50, for about four months before the incident.
The undergraduate said she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument erupted and she stabbed him twice, following her police parade on June 24.
She pleaded for forgiveness on June 29, saying she wasn’t ready to die.
She blamed her behaviour on the use of hard drugs and smoking.
On July 13, 2021, however, things took a dramatic turn when Chidinma recanted.
Ojukwu claimed she walked into the room from an errand to find Ataga stabbed, blood everywhere, and the apartment in shambles in an interview she granted the police media team, which was aired by Crime Fighter TV, a police-sponsored programme.
She claimed in the eight-minute-and-eight-second video that her earlier admission of stabbing Ataga to death was made under duress and fear of people not believing her.
She claimed that when she left the apartment to get the things they needed, someone broke in, killed Ataga, scattered the apartment, and fled before she arrived.