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What we now know about Tagbo’s death

The result of the autopsy done to verify the cause of the death hip-hop singer, Davido’s friend, Tagbo Umeike has been disclosed by Lagos State Police Command.

Acting Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgar, revealed the result in a press briefing held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, saying Tagbo died from suffocation.

He also disclosed that Davido has been re-invited for questioning over Tagbo’s death. The Police in Lagos, yesterday, confirmed that Afro hip-hop artist, David Davido Adeleke, was being recalled over the

death of his friend, Tagbo Umeike, following the discovery that his statements were laced with untruths.

Davido, while being investigated, 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 said that he had left the bar for one DNA Night Club in Victoria Island area of the state, where he got news of Tagbo’s death.

However, while briefing newsmen on the update of the investigation yesterday, the Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgar, said that investigation has shown that late Tagbo was rushed to the hospital on Davido’s instruction.

Meanwhile, Davido had appeared for requestioning at the Police Command’s headquarters in the company of his lawyer.

From there, he was moved to Lion Building at about 5 p.m., where he was still being quizzed at press time.

In a statement released by Tagbo’s family, yesterday, signed by one Mrs Equi Araka, it read that there is more to his death.

The statement read: “We, the family of Tagbo Ifeatuchukwu Umeike, received the shocking news of the passing of our brother on October 3 at about 8:55 p.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.

“For a family that is trying to come to terms with the passing of their loved one, some disparaging and unfounded comments and statements about his personality and life, especially from individuals who did not even know Tagbo, have been received with a lot of sadness.

“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.”

The event of October 3 as explained by Lagos state Police CP, Imohimi Edgar: “At about 9.20 a.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.”

Meanwhile, the family of Tagbo in their released statement also reveal their satisfaction over the effort of the Police in their son’s death case.

“At this point, we will like to thank the Lagos State Police Force, led by Acting Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgar, for their diligence and professionalism in carrying out their investigation.

“We are pleased to say that we now have a clearer picture of the events leading up to Tagbo’s untimely demise. As it is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to disclose any further information, but suffice to say the truth will come out!”


Azeezat Kareem




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