The family of Michael Ataga, the Super TV executive who was brutally murdered on June 15, has encouraged authorities to look into the case beyond the alleged killer’ s confession, Thecitypulsenews reports.
According to a statement released on Saturday by Rickey Tarfa & Co, the family’ s counsel, the true perpetrators of the crime may be trying to hide their traces.
‘ The statement, titled ‘ Libelous Publications In Respect of Michael Usifo Ataga’ s Murder: Demand For Restraint By Social Media Practitioners/Persons, ‘ urged those behind malicious social media publications to refrain from publishing falsehood that jeopardizes the integrity of the deceased, wife, and children, or face legal action.
” We hereby admonish the publishers of these stories to use whatever shreds of decency and decorum they can muster to cease from their false and misleading stories and allow the investigating authorities to conduct an effective investigation in the hope of apprehending the perpetrators of this heinous crime and their accomplices, ” the statement read.
” Yes, we are aware that Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu has been arrested, and we are aware that the inquiry is ongoing. Our client, on the other hand, is persuaded that there is much more to this than what the police inquiry has revealed. ”
According to the statement, there are various ” malicious” publications in circulation that are intended to disgrace and vilify Mr Ataga, his wife, Brenda, and their family, as well as ” act as a smokescreen to enable the perpetrators of the terrible crime to bury their tracks. ”
” Our client appreciates the efforts of law enforcement agencies in their investigations thus far, and will refrain from going into specifics about any of the aforementioned false narratives.
Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21- year- old University of Lagos student, told journalists last Thursday how she fatally stabbed Mr Usifo, 50, in an apartment in Lekki, Lagos.
According to the 300- level Mass Communication student, she was in a love relationship with the dead.
Mr Jolaawo urged publishers of erroneous articles about their late client, particularly bloggers, to exercise caution and warned legal action in cases of libel.
” At this time, our client wishes that the well- meaning public respect the family’ s right to mourn their dead son, father, and husband in private and decency, ” he stated.
” Our client is also very concerned about the unrestrained activity of bloggers on social media in relation to this tragedy and forcefully asks that the abovementioned bloggers stop peddling misinformation aimed at maligning the deceased, wife, and children. ” The family will not be intimidated by the activities of these bloggers and will insist that the police be allowed to perform their job, ” Mr Jolaawo added in the statement.
” Our client thus requires that the false publications, as well as the several typically unrelated news and images of late Michael Usifo Ataga and Brenda Ataga, be removed immediately, failing which our client will take swift and proper measures to seek redress.