The family of the late Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Michael Usifo Ataga has appealed to members of the public with useful information on the gruesome murder of their son to give such information to the police.
In a statement by Dr Isi Ataga, the family said they also have questions of their own adding that the facts as revealed by the police so far didn’t add up.
“If you have any information, don’t hide behind online posts. Instead, come forward and share it with the police.” The family said.
Ataga’s death has become a subject of speculation and all sorts of conspiracy theories, some very absurd, on social media.
The family, therefore called for restraint from the press and social media commentators.
They said: “We ask, sincerely, that you let us grieve this terrible loss with some privacy. This past week and a half has been the worst period of our lives.”
The statement read: “Here are the facts. A little over a week ago, unknown persons savagely killed our beloved son, Usifo Ataga. With no regard for him, or his family, who love him, they viciously ended his life.
“His children will grow up to read unkind, thoughtless words from thousands of people who have joined the lynching party in the press and the blogosphere. Our aging parents must now struggle to pick up the pieces amid a cacophony of misinformation propagated by strangers.
“A suspect has been arrested and paraded before the press. We, the Ataga Family, are grateful to the Nigerian Police for pursuing this investigation. However, like you, we have many unanswered questions. Some things don’t add up.
“If you have any information, don’t hide behind online posts. Instead, come forward and share it with the Police.
“Here’s what we do know. The more you add to the false information in the press and on social media, the harder it is for the Nigerian Police to do their work and fully solve this case. The harder it is for a grieving family to recover from the loss of their beloved son.”