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MY HEART STILL BLEEDS – ATAGA’S MUM

Late Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga’s mother, Mrs Sylvia Ataga, has paid tribute to her son who was laid to rest on Friday at Ebony Vaults in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Sylvia said her heart bled whenever she remembers his last moments and how he died painfully.

Ataga’s wife and children also paid their tributes.

Ataga’s friends demanded a thorough investigation into his murder. They argued that though he had been buried, the case should not be swept under the carpet.

Recall that Ataga was found dead with multiple stab wounds on June 16 at a short let apartment on Adebowale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase I with 21-year-old Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos.

The late Ataga, was lowered to the ground amid sobs and prayers by his family and friends as Journalists were not allowed to take pictures.

In her tribute, the mother, Mrs Sylvia Ataga: “As an adult, he became so caring that I would hesitate to tell him that I was not feeling well. He would either hop on the next plane or send me funds to go and see a doctor. And monitor me for days. My pain is that I could not monitor him in his last week.

“God knows he did not deserve what those people did to him. My heart bleeds any time I remember. He was generous to a fault. It took his death for me to know how loved he was. He has been robbed of the joy of seeing a project he spent seven years working on.

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“He has been denied the joy of seeing his children grow up, go to university, get married and make him a grandfather. Not to worry, Usifo has found glory with his Maker. I know one day I will hold my baby boy in my arms again.

“Usifo, you were taken from me at your golden age; a day before your golden birthday. That makes you extra precious; my golden son who gave me so much pleasure; quiet and loving. It broke my heart to lose you but you didn’t go alone, for part of me went with you the day God called you home.”

Brenda Ataga, wife of the deceased on her part wrote: “The girls and I were looking forward to seeing you, to celebrating your milestone. I had imagined how surprised you would be when you walked in to see a place set up for you. I had imagined your infectious smile.

“Now we’re in this nightmare. I’m yet to comprehend the stark reality. That your life was cut short in your prime; at a renaissance of all you had toiled for. I’m lost for words.

“Our daughters were your pride and joy. You were always there as my backbone supporting as we shaped them. What a proud father you were. You were a man after God’s heart! How can I forget our fervent prayers for the children; your faith that birthed our first child? Nor can I forget the corporate fellowship you led.”

Ataga’s daughter, Emoata Ataga on her part wrote: “I miss you daddy. Rest peacefully, Love. You will be sorely missed.”

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Daddinson Olumese, Ataga’s friends had this to say: “He was my first employer after I graduated from the university. I held him in high regard. He was a gentle man, God-fearing and humble. We are happy that the family had a form of closure by laying him to rest today. However, the rest may not be complete until we get to the end of this issue. We want the Police to do their job and let us get justice so that my friend can have a peaceful rest.’’

Adebayo Afon, another friend of Ataga said: “It is always bad when you lose somebody but this is an exceptional one. Most of us, his friends, are still very surprised and confused. The good thing is that we have come to bury him today but putting him to rest is not the answer.

“We need to know what happened. I don’t want to say much about Police investigation but I must say it is an odd way of doing investigation. We demand justice and must get it no matter what happens.’’

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