The pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Tagbo Umeike’s body the late friend of artist Davido says the 35-year-old died from suffocation.
Acting Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal, who revealed this at a briefing on Wednesday says Davido has been reinvited for questioning.
According to Edgal, the Omo Baba Olowo crooner lied that he only knew of the Tagbo’s demise while he was at a night club, DNA in Victoria Island, a claim that has been found to be untrue.
Edgal notes that Tagbo body was abandoned in his car at the hospital by Davido’s driver and two of his friends.
CP Edgal Speaks
He said: “On October 3, at about 9:20am, 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 (BID) in an Ash Toyota Camry Saloon car marked LSD378EL by two unidentified males.
“From the international passport found in the deceased’s car, the DPO gave his identity as Tagbo Umeike.
”Immediately after, one Caroline Danjuma, an actress and the victim’s fiancee, published on her Instagram page that her boyfriend died in the company of one David Adeleke, alias Davido and friends.
“To be objective and verify facts, I called for a pre-investigation meeting in my conference room.
”In attendance were all parties including family, friends of the deceased; those of Davido; Caroline Danjuma; the DPO and investigating officers.
“The meeting confirmed that the deceased Tagbo Umeike on that day met and had drinks with friends at Shisha Bar amongst whom was Davido.
”The bar tender confirmed the deceased had as much as 40 tots of Tequila and exhibited signs of drunkenness.
The CCTV footage also confirmed this.
“Davido had told the police he had left Shisha Bar for DNA Night 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 Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one 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 Death of Two Other Davido Friends
On the cause of death of two other Davido’s friends who were found dead inside a BMW car marked KJA631AY on October 7 at Banana Island, Edgal says the autopsy had not been concluded.
He said: “A case of sudden and unnatural death (SUD) was reported on October 7, at about 8pm by the CSO Banana Island, Ikoyi, to the DPO Ikoyi that two persons namely, Olugbemi Abiodun and Chime Amechina of Flat Bill, Ocean Parade, were found dead inside one white BMW Saloon car marked KJA631AY, at underground garage in the estate.
“Police operatives raced to the scene where the bodies of the victims were taken to LASUTH, Ikeja for joint medical examination to determine cause of death.
“Victims were found motionless and were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.
”Further search into the vehicle revealed that wrapped substances suspected to be weeds were recovered and might have been used by the victims.
“Liquid substances were observed on their mouths and nostrils. From investigation by policemen at the scene, there were no visible marks on their bodies.
”The result of the autopsy is still being awaited. The pathologist said there was need for further findings before conclusions could be drawn on the cause of death.”
The singer has responded to the invitation, as he was seen at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, in the company of his lawyer.
Davido Cancels Felabration Performance
Meanwhile, Davido has cancelled his scheduled performance at this year’s Felabration festival which comes up on October 11, 2017.
Davido made the revelation via his Snapchat account.
According to his post on snapchat, he says, “To all my fans expecting me at Felabration tomorrow, I’m sorry, I will not be performing anymore.
”I promise to make it up. I love you guys!
“Everyone stay prayed up! I love each and every one of you…”
He went further to post a bible verse to show that he is currently mourning.
His post reads: “Matthew 5:4,” [blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted].
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