Usifo Ataga murder: Chidinma’s family members claim she started smoking at 11

More facts have come to light on the true identity of the 21-year-old student of Unilag, Chidinma Ojukwu, who confessed to killing the CEO of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, while they were in an Airbnb apartment in Lekki area of Lagos State.

According to Vanguard, family sources claim that Chidinma who is not from a broken home as she insinuated, disowned her family due to some misunderstanding she had with her widowed mother many years ago.

The family source claims her first step after the fallout with her mum was to change her original name: Chidinma Blessing Echefu, to Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu.

One of her siblings identified simply as Chioma told detectives that they lost their father when Chidinma was barely two years old.

Her mother was said to have remarried but that her children were still with her. Along the line, Chidinma’s lifestyle reportedly changed negatively with her mother always scolding her.

She was alleged to have been discovered to be smoking when she was barely 11 years, an action that provoked her mother to chastise her.

According to the family source, the misunderstanding between Chidinma and her mum continued, forcing her to take the then-teenage Chidinma to her Uncle’s house in Mushin where she was reportedly thrown out again because of her smoking attitude. She was said to have become rebellious and stayed away from her family. It was at this point that she met Ojukwu, who took her into his Yaba abode, from where she was picked last week Wednesday.

Her mother who presently resides in Mowe area of Ogun State, was said to have told some of her relatives that she has not set her eyes on Chidinma for 10 years. Childinma’s sister, Chioma, corroborated this claim when she visited the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba.

She stated categorically that the Ojukwu who she was arrested alongside last week Wednesday was not related to her family, disclosing that they were from Imo State and not Abia State as earlier disclosed by Chidinma.

Chidinma is currently awaiting trial in police custody for the murder of Micheal Usifo Ataga, whom she clamed to have stabbed after the Super TV CEO became violent with her.


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