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Brenda Ataga, wife of the deceased Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga, has demanded a sum of N1 billion as compensation for the publishing of false and malicious claims about her person.
Brenda further requested that the online platform (Naijaloaded) remove the item from its website and retract the harmful report through its medium and other online news channels.
She submitted these requests in a letter dated June 28 and written to the online medium’s Managing Director, Mr. Makinde Azeez, via her attorney, Chief Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan (SAN).
Ataga, a Super Network Limited director, was discovered dead in a pool of blood in a short service flat in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos state, shortly after his family reported him missing.
Following that, the Lagos State Police Command arrested Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), for allegedly murdering the late CEO.
According to the command, the suspect was apprehended with a blood-soaked towel worn on the day of the event and admitted to stabbing the dead with a kitchen knife following a fight.
Chidinma admitted during a police command parade in Ikeja that she and Ataga were “having fun” when a dispute erupted and she stabbed him twice.
However, in a story released on June 26, Naijaloaded implicated Brenda with her husband’s death, claiming her link with the suspect through Brenda’s lover.
Brenda, on the other hand, called the online platform’s report as a callous, spiteful, and thoughtless attack on their client’s personality in her letter of claim.
According to the lawyer, the newspaper portrayed his client as a devious criminal who was a part of the plot that killed her husband, the father of her children, in a most terrible diabolical crime.
The letter, which described the report as false, hinted that it labelled Mrs Ataga who is a wife, mother and highly placed official of the Nigerian government as a loose woman and a flirt, carrying on extra marital affairs with another Mr. Izu.