Embattled music star, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, may be in fresh trouble with the Lagos State Police Command, which is currently investigating the death of three friends of the talented artiste in just a week. While Davido is being quizzed as a principal suspect, though with no concrete evidence to nail him yet, his statement to the police on Wednesday at the command headquarters in Ikeja may have worsened his case and weakened his line of defence.
Tongues have been wagging following reports of three deaths in just one week. Aside Tagbo Omieke, two other associates of the singer, Olugbenga Abiodun (DJ Olu), 25, and Chime Amaechi were found lifeless in Olu’s BMW car, parked in the underground garage of Block B, Banana Island, Lagos last Saturday, three days after Tagbo’s death.
The question now is, who committed the triple murders? Is Davido innocent or guilty? Or is someone trying to set him up? How could he lose three friends in the space of one week in very dramatic circumstances? Sources reveal that detectives are making frantic efforts to unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths. Even before they finally uncover the mystery, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, is not happy that Davido was unruly while giving his statement to the police on Wednesday.
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Police sources further told Saturday Sun that CP Imohimi is now holding Davido’s statement that he didn’t know anything about Tagbo’s death against him because his aides actually took the deceased to the hospital as allegedly instructed by the singer. The latest twist was said to have infuriated the police boss as a result of which he has accused Davido of lying to the police. “Lying in a serious murder case like this has its consequences and has further raised further questions about Davido’s innocence”, a police source told this paper yesterday.
However, other suspects in the case were said to still be in police custody, pending the completion of the process and so that they can aid detectives in their investigations. It was also learnt that Davido was advised to make himself available any time his attention was needed, a request he freely consented to.
The new front in the case was opened when the police debunked Davido’s explanation of what happened on the night Tagbo Omieke died declaring that the musician gave his boys instructions to dump the body of late Tagbo at a General Hospital in Lagos after autopsy reports emerged that Tagbo was suffocated to death and did not die of alcohol poisoning according to a bogus autopsy report that trended online earlier.
Consequently, the Lagos State Police Command are treating Tagbo’s death as a homicide and has yesterday transferred the case to State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, for further investigations.
Speaking on the matter, the Lagos police boss, Imohimi, said at a press briefing: “He has been re-invited for questioning because he lied that he only knew of Tagbo’s demise while he was at DNA nightclub, in Victoria Island, a claim that has been found to be untrue. On October 3, around 9:20p.m. the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of General Hospital Lagos, Oparanti Moshood alerted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Lion Building that an unidentified male was brought in dead in an ash colour Toyota Camry Saloon car marked LSD378EL by two unidentified males.”
According to him, Tagbo was identified by his international passport found in the deceased’s car. He said: “Davido had told the police he had left Shisha Bar for DNA Nite Club in Victoria Island without the deceased and was only informed by mutual friends of his death while he was at DNA. However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Yusuf, accompanied by Agbeje Olaoye and Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends, took the deceased to the General Hospital Lagos 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.”
On the cause of death of two other Davido’s friends who were found dead inside a BMW car marked KJA631AY, Imohimi said the autopsy had not been concluded.
Meanwhile, the family of Tagbo has reacted stating that there was more to his death.
Mrs. Oraka, speaking on behalf of the Omeike family said: “We, the family of Tagbo Ifeatuchukwu Umeike, received the shocking news of the passing on of our brother on October 3 at about 8:55p.m., several hours after his demise. Since his passing, there have been several stories making the rounds, especially on social media, regarding Tagbo’s personality and the circumstances concerning his death. Tagbo looked out for everyone and had a big heart; he was a friend to all and loved by many. Evidence received so far suggests that there is more to his death and we, as a family, will ensure that the truth regarding the circumstances of his passing will be brought to light.
Thanking the Lagos State Police Command, she said that the family was pleased because they now have a clearer picture of the events leading up to Tagbo’s untimely demise. “
However, Davido’s lawyer, Norrison Quakers (SAN), in a statement entitled: The Unfortunate Death of Tagbo Umeike; Davido’s Story, stated that contrary to the CP’s statement, his client had no case to answer as he was innocent. He also stated that at no time was Davido arrested.
The statement reads in part: “The said publications have all caused our client, Davido, a lot of undue embarrassment thus necessitating the need to present the facts as they stand, since the unfortunate incident is now in the public domain. First of all we wish to state that our client was never arrested but rather made himself available to assist the police in its investigation and after a satisfactory explanation, he was allowed to go.
“It is imperative to state that the evidence and footage available to the police discloses the chain of events leading to the discovery of the remains of Mr. Tagbo Umeike do not in any way incriminate our client, but rather absolves him of any criminal culpability; a fact that the police is aware of. “
For the records, we wish to state that our client has not been found culpable for the death of Mr. Tagbo Umeike, and this was earlier communicated by the police in a closed meeting involving the Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Davido, the family of the deceased and one Caroline Danjuma, who claims to be girlfriend of the deceased.
“Our client was also not involved in the untimely death of the deceased, nor did he give any instructions to anyone to ‘dump’ the corpse of Mr. Tagbo Umeike anywhere. Further, and as a matter of fact, we wish to state that the deceased did not step a foot, even for a second, in any of our client’s vehicles on the evening of this sad series of events.”
The lawyer argued that the CCTV footage obtained from ‘Shisha Room’ does not in anyway implicate Davido, insisting that the artiste only knew of Tagbo’s death later when he was at DNA Nite Club.