The mother and wife of the slain CEO of Super TV Usifo Ataga, have described the murder of the late entrepreneur as callous and wicked.
The businessman was stabbed to death and left in the pool of his own blood inside a Lagos hotel last month.
A 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Chidinma Ojukwu, was thereafter arrested in connection with the case.
On Thursday, a service of songs was held for the deceased in Victoria Island, Lagos as part of his two-day funeral event.
As the attendees paid their last respect to the Super TV CEO, the mother, Sylvia Ataga, in her tribute said the late media entrepreneur didn’t deserve to die.
She said: “God knows he did not deserve what those people did to him. My heart bleeds to him anytime I remember. He was generous to a fault. It took 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.
“He has been denied the joy of seeing his children grow up, go to the university, get married and make him a grandfather. These are the wishes of every parent. His love for his children cannot be quantified. No way!
“He would either hop on the next plane or send me funds to go and see the doctor. And monitor me for days. My pain is that I could not monitor him in his last days.”
In her own tribute, Usifo’s wife, Brenda Ataga, described the Super TV boss’s demise as “heartbreaking”.
She said: “Finding out of your demise was the worst news imaginable. My mind had raced through all the possibilities of where you were and what could have happened but death, death wasn’t an option.
“The girls and I were looking forward to seeing you, to celebrate 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 the infectious smile.
“Now 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.”