The Police in Lagos, yesterday, confirmed to journalists that Afro hip-hop artist, David Davido Adeleke, was being interrogated over the death of his friend, Tagbo Umeike, following the discovery that his statements were laced with untruths.
Davido reportedly told the investigative team at Lion Building, Lagos Island, that he was not at Shisha Bar, from where the deceased was rushed and dumped at the Lagos Island General Hospital. He, rather, said he left the bar for DNA Night Club in Victoria Island area of the state, where he was informed about Umeike’s death.
However, while briefing newsmen on the update of the investigation yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, disclosed that preliminary investigation showed that late Umeike was rushed to the hospital on David’s instruction.
Consequently, David was invited for interrogations. Davido was at the Command’s headquarters yesterday, in the company of his lawyer. From there, he was moved to Lion Building at about 5p.m., where he was still being quizzed at press time.
This is just as Tagbo’s family, yesterday, released a statement signed by one Mrs Equi Araka, saying there is more to his death. Edgal explained further:
“At about 9.20a.m. on October 3, the Chief Security Officer of Lagos Island General Hospital alerted the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Lion Building that an unidentified male was brought in dead in an ash-coloured Toyota Camry car with number plates LSD 738 EL.
“The victim was alleged to have been brought in by two unidentified males. The DPO rushed to the scene and identified the victim as Tagbo Umeike, from the international passport found in the car. Shortly after, one Caroline Danjuma, an actress and the victim’s fiancée, published on her Instagram page that her boyfriend died in the company of some friends, among whom was Davido.
“I called for a meeting with family of the deceased, Davido’s family, Davido, Caroline Danjuma, including the DPO, Lion building, and the investigative team. The meeting established that the deceased, Tagbo Umeike, met and had drinks with friends among who was Davido, at Shisha Bar. The bar attendant confirmed that he (deceased) had 40 shots of Tequila and exhibited clear signs of drunkenness.
“The CCTV footage, which I called for, showed that the deceased was quarrelsome and violent in that meeting. Davido confirmed that he left Shisha Bar without the deceased to DNA Night Club and that he was only informed of the victim’s death at the club. ‘Davido lied’
“However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends, took the deceased to the General Hospital and abandoned him in his vehicle on the instruction of Davido. “The CCTV footage at the hospital picked the escort vehicle and the entire activity. The vehicle was recovered from Davido’s residence at 7, Awoshika Street, Lekki Phase 1.
This completely debunks Davido’s claim that he did not know how the deceased got to the General Hospital. “The interim autopsy report stated that the victim died of asphyxia, which means suffocation. At the end of this fresh round of investigation, I will tell Lagosians our findings.”