The Lagos State Police Command has announced that its operatives are in search of those involved in the death of the Chief Executive Officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, in the Lekki area of the state.
Ataga’s lifeless body was found in a service apartment that he rented and lodged for at least three days with a lady alleged to be his girlfriend.
In a statement, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said that Ataga and a lady had lodged in the service apartment, adding that the suspect stole the deceased’s personal belongings after perpetrating the crime.
Odumosu who announced that the police has commenced investigation into the matter, added that Ataga’s account had been blocked to prevent further withdrawals from those allegedly involved in his death.
The CP told The Punch that the police had intensified efforts to locate the whereabouts of the killers, adding that there was no adequate security arrangement at the scene of the incident to aid police investigation.
Odumosu said, “The place where the incident happened is a block of flats and the lady, who rented out the flat is in our custody. She has been using the place for short-let and does not live there; she is assisting us with the investigation.
“The preferred suspect we are looking for went to the flat on Sunday and the victim went there to join her. They were there together for about three or four days and the victim was to travel to join his wife in Abuja to celebrate his birthday the following day.
“They were both in the flat and using his car to go out and return to the flat. So, when he was nowhere to be found on the day of the incident, the police went to the apartment around 4pm and found his corpse on the floor of the flat.
“He was wearing only a pair of boxers and in a pool of his own blood, but the lady had left with some of his personal belongings. Investigation led to the arrest of the person who owns the apartment.”
According to Odumosu, the poor documentation done by the operators of the service apartment raises dust.
He also raised concern about the absence of adequate security at the location of the service apartment.
“The place is a residential area and the owner has been using it as a service apartment, but if the place is being used as a service apartment or hotel, when users come, their personal information that can be used during investigation ought to have been obtained.
“But there was nothing like that and that is negligence on her part. If she is using the place for that purpose, it is not licensed or known to law. Maybe the man had secured the place prior to the lady going there or maybe it was the lady that booked the place, but the lady checked in before the man.
“The victim’s bank account has been blocked to prevent further withdrawals. Investigation is on for us to get to the root of the matter. But if the place has full security apparatuses, it will be a bit easier for us,” Odumosu added.