Edgal Imohim, the Lagos state Acting Commissioner of Police has said David Nigerian singer, Adeleke popularly known as Davido lied when he was asked of the time he became aware of Umeike’s death.
Imohimi said this while narrating the circumstances that led to Tagbo’s demise to journalists during a press briefing at the State Command Headquarters, Ikeja on Wednesday
The acting commissioner said the singer lied that he found out about his friend’s death while he was at DNA, a nightclub in Victoria Island.
Edgal also said Umeike was abandoned in his car at the hospital by Davido’s driver and two of his friends.
“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. Afterwards, 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 40 tots of Tequila and exhibited signs of drunkenness.
“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 a mutual friend of his death while he was at DNA.
“However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Yusufu, 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.”
The Police boss, however, said Davido has been re-invited for questioning, and promised keep the public abreast with the latest development on the issue.