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Autopsy reveals Tagbo died of Suffocation, Davido reinvited for Questioning – Police



Autopsy reveals Tagbo died of Suffocation, Davido reinvited for Questioning - BellaNaija

Tagbo (L) and Davido

Tagbo Umeike, who passed a week ago, has been said by the police to have died of suffocation, according to an autopsy conducted.

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, stated this at a press briefing on Wednesday, where he revealed the deceased’s friend Davido has been reinvited for questioning, The Nation reports.

According to the commissioner, the autopsy revealed the deceased passed due to suffocation.

Imohimi added that CCTV footage showed that the deceased was abandoned at the hospital by Davido’s escort driver Tunde Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends

He added that the singer has been invited for questioning, saying his claim that he learned about Tagbo’s passing while he was at DNA night club, has been found to be untrue.

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….

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.

He also discussed the deaths of Olugbemiga Abiodun popularly known as DJ Olu, and Chime Amaechi, who were found dead in a car.

He said the autopsy revealing the cause of their deaths is still being awaited. 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.


  1. Anonymous

    October 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Who are the 2 friends? LIB posted the name of the driver who said Davido was the one that instructed them to take him to the hospital ,after he was found dead in the car. why are they shielding the other guys?

    • Biker Chic

      October 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Davido is not loyal. So Carol was right afterall. Why is no one talking about the fight? Even if Davido did not kill Tagbo, he has behaved in a very dishonorable manner. Davido’s father is wealthy enough to protect him from Police harassment. The least Davido could have done was to stand by his friend in death not ask that his driver dump the body at the hospital. Who knows if Tagbo could have been saved. And why not take him to a reputable hospital? How are we sure the driver is not just a fall guy being “just” a driver?
      May God save us from enemies like friends.

    • Ottawa Queen

      October 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Of course, It had to be suffocation. When you lock up an individual who has ingested so much alcohol and left in an unconscious state, what would you expect? There was lack of oxygen in the car and he died. They were so stupid to have left all the windows up, at least allow some fresh air circulate in the vehicle for the guy, since you knew he was already wasted and you didn’t want him out. They say common sense is not common afterall. Sigh! Mumu 30billion gang!

    • ND babe

      October 11, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      We need more details about the asphyxiation. If he died from physical asphyxiation, he would have bruises around his throat or nose. Thank goodness he is not very dark. The bruises will be evident. Also, depending on the strength of a throat asphyxiation, he could have a damaged windpipe. A fight would also result in other injuries around the body. Police, please provide more information to Bella Naija CSI Squad. We are waiting to unfold this one since we aint got nothing else to look forward to. At least, let us solve one case.

    • slice

      October 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Police conclusion makes zero sense. If David wasn’t at the hospital, then its possible he only heard of the death while at the club. We can’t conclude ue knew the man was dead already. The club is liabe

    • Diamond

      October 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

      @ Slice, it now your senseless comment that made sense. Someone died! In your star struck, never forget that.

    • Disappointed

      October 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Allegedly and according to Lailas blog and LIB, the two friends were ADEGBEJE OLAOYE & IDRIS BUSARI while the driver was allegedly, TUNDE YUSUF/USUTU.

      So none of these peoples friends or associates have spoken to them to try and clarify what happened or convinced them to say everything they know, saw or heard?!

      These people should not compare themselves to Davido who can afford for a lawyer to defend his entire involvement no matter how small.

      Every man for himself.

      This could have been a genuine accident gone wrong and due to a natural split second of a human being panicking and the fear of how the Nigeria police will take charge of the situation, everyone felt it was best to say what would get him off – not necessarily a lie.

      Davidos defense right now is that he’s claiming he wasn’t with them physically to transport Tagbo to the hospital, so he doesn’t “know what happened.”

      The other three, driver and friends are claiming davido instructed them.

      What Id like to understand is, how these three people were able to stay calm knowing they either dropped off a dead body upon arrival at the hospital or had an inclination that Tagbo was in a severe state, and were able to either continue partying or go home and sleep?

      And we wonder why Nigeria can’t move forward. Our problem is lack of love. If Tagbo were to be any of their biological brother, would this be the result? So why not show Tagbo the love you would show your own brother? The Bible is clear on it…you can’t claim to love God and not your brother (whether biological or not).

      Even if first aid was given and Tagbo still passed on, the act of love is there. Driving him to the hospital and dropping him off says “he’s not my responsibility.”

      I’m quite disappointed, because this is what I’d classify as a cheap death.

      May all those who were present or linked to this scenario in one way or another find help when they desperately need it. #NotACurseJustPrayer.

    • Iya ibeji

      October 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Honestly, it’s hard to imagine just dumping the body of someone you call a friend. Almost everyone thinks Davido and his crew are on drugs anyway, so what difference will it make if they had done the right thing.
      When I see Davido, I see a boy sheltered all his life from consequences of his actions and I hope his father realises that he has taken it too far. Let him face this and hope he becomes a better man. If not, he will eventually do something worse that will destroy him forever.

  2. Anon

    October 11, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Sh*t has hit the fan. Two friends? You people should start talking. Tagbo lost his life. ☹️

  3. 30Billion

    October 11, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Davido, oya let the money do the talking!

  4. Billionaire In grace

    October 11, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I just read on Linda ikeji blog that the 2 friends have been arrested.i feel bad for Davido this incident might end his career just like Oscar Pistorius

    • Ephi

      October 11, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Well, his career is not more important than a human life. I just hope justice will be done in this case.

    • ray

      October 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

      It will not end his career cause we have a very polluted system. Money will do the talking and this issue will be swept under the carpet. I feel terrible at the lose of these guys cause justice MAY not prevail and they are gone forever. Advice: be careful with those you call friends especially when you think your enyoing life.

    • Maxie

      October 12, 2017 at 11:20 am

      We are in Nigeria dear!! Money is talking,

  5. Police

    October 11, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    From the moment Davido failed to give a clear account of what happened, just being evasive, I knew he was hiding something serious.
    I wish him luck in his career but for me something just snapped. I am not listening to anything Davido again, never. He could resurrect Michael Jackson and collaborate with him, I don’t care. When he posted a picture of him shopping with the girl he called ‘his woman’ within one week of the death of the people he called friends (where he was accused of knowing more than he was letting out in one case) I knew he either lacked the least trait of humanity or he was too dumb. Either way, I shouldn’t be listening to his songs.
    The police should carry out a thorough investigation. The world is watching. Money or no money Davido and his crew should be charged to court or cleared (jointly or severally) based on all the facts. There are inconsistencies already. More confessions may come.
    Lagos is the flag bearer among all the states., so it will be another tragedy if they fail in this case. But if they fail as some people are predicting, then they will have given me one more reason to leave this country permanently.

  6. o

    October 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    What a shame! Why lie? Guess he was scared but still inexcusable. He should have stayed n done the honourable thing. Honestly it’s best to avoid heavy drinking because if Tagbo wasn’t so intoxicated, all these wouldn’t have happened. I read CCTV from the club confirmed he had 40 shots. So sad. Careless death. They probably put him in the car to continue their faaji. Sad. Lessons learnt in a very hard way

    • ND babe

      October 11, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Forgot to add – did he choke on vomit? That happens to drunks too,

  7. Lady

    October 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    How do nigerians reason? Yall are acting like davido phyaically suffocated the guy. He is a 35 year old man for sakes. People leave their kids in cars and they suffocate not to talk of someone who has ingested God knoes what. So many things could have led to this. This even happens here when we are out clubbing and one person feels sleepy or tired they go to the car to chill or sleep. Yall are just shouting davido this and that . Maybe they dropped him off and left out of fear which was wrong Caroline needs to chill. If Davido didnt have money or wasnt influential will she be screaming upandan. Anyway i hope this gets resolved so they can respect the dead.

  8. Nunulicious

    October 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I don’t understand why people be trying so hard to link Davido to this death. Someone swallowed 40 shots if tequila with his own hand. Caught on camera and witnessed by many. I may be missing something here. Is cos its Davido? I am really asking from a curious perspective. If it was an unknown persons’ car that was used, would the same course of action apply? Asin the danjuma lady calling folks out on social media and the rest of the shenanigans.

    As for the autopsy showing suffocation-depressed respiration, coma and dehydration are some result of excess alcohol intoxication. People actually DIE from excess alcohol consumption in one night.
    Common knowledge in healthcare practice. If you didn’t know, now you know…too much of Evrything is bad.
    Yoruba people call this one, afowofa.

    • Fine girl

      October 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Some people call it Awoof.Awoof dey run bellee.

    • ***

      October 12, 2017 at 10:54 am

      I just tire o … I have been trying to point out davido’s criminal offence since the beginning of the saga … I’ve been reading about justice prevailing, justice for what? Murder? Manslaughter? What exactly? An adult indulged in an utterly stupid bet and passed in the process and somehow davido is responsible? Was he coerced to ingestion? A 35 year old? Let’s assume tagbo died in the club or on the way the hospital, how is davido responsible for that? I understand they were all drunk or on a high, so I don’t expect their paramedic skills to have been excellent plus they probably panicked and were scared because he was unconscious … people making it look like davido set out to kill tagbo … tagbo’s excessive alcohol intake participated tremendously to his demise and of course the delayed or somewhat reckless response of his squad contributed but what do you expect their senses were all impaired

    • ***

      October 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

      I didn’t expect***

    • NO 911 TO CALL

      October 12, 2017 at 11:27 am

      in a civilized country those guys would simply have called 911 and things would have been handled from then on but NOT IN NIGERIA!!! That should be the discuss!!! Why would anyone expect a bunch of drunks to handle a delicate matter like alcohol intoxication when guess what? They too were drunk!!!

  9. Hedx

    October 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Poor Davido!
    I pray you are able to pull through this.
    Words fail me ?☹

    • Jesse

      October 12, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Thus its a bad market for OBO, praying is an understatement. sustaining is relevance with his fans is wat he should think of. when you dont live up to the standard of a public figure, u make silly mistakes. he had his 30 billion tour to think of, apparently davido controls his own mgt, turns up anywhere he likes unlike his rival. I still join u in prayers for Davido!

  10. Cheeksi

    October 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I live quite a responsibile live, but I can only count 4 friends who will stick out for me in such situation. Expecting loyalty from friends when in a group of young men who smoke, drink, do drugs, live recklessly is really expecting too much. Davido goes around with hundreds of people.. are they really all his friends?? Pls everyone be careful.

  11. Mahogany

    October 12, 2017 at 12:19 am

    He was out clubbing at an ungodly hour with kids when he was supposed to be home step-parenting 3 kids. ?

    • Ephi

      October 12, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Is this meant to be funny? Was he married to Caroline, that you had to make such a nasty jibe. A life has been lost and you are here using the hilarious emoji. Issorait, kontinu

  12. Loki

    October 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Officer, arrest this man!

  13. Mahogany

    October 12, 2017 at 7:53 am

    @Ephi. Have you ever heard of the warning : DRINK RESPONSIBLY?

  14. Diamond

    October 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

    @Ottawa queen. You captured it well, mumu 30billion gang

  15. tunmi

    October 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Does the club have verification that he drank 40 shots? I do not trust human recollection, it fails. Are there videos or receipts that Tagbo drank 40 shots? Also a toxicology report should confirm his alcohol level. I ask because Caroline says he doesn’t drink and the police including what an eyewitness said without confirming it (and publicizing that) could be an assault on Tagbo’s character.

    I don’t think there was ill-will here. I really wish his family strength

    • Loki

      October 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Toxicology report in a country where they can’t clearly and definitely determine cause of death even if you were crushed to pieces by an eighteen wheeler IN FRONT of the hospital?
      It’s sad to say but at the end of the day, the probability that a proper investigation into this case will be carried out is slim to none. In a couple of weeks, no one will be talking about this matter. Abi is anyone still talking about Ibinabo Fiberesima and the doctor guy she “killed to death?
      I leave that question for my opponent to answer.

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