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Lagos State Police releases Statement on Unfortunate Death of D’banj’s Son



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The Lagos State Police has released a statement on the unfortunate death of music star D’banj‘s son, Daniel Oyebanjo III.

Daniel, who celebrated his first birthday in May, had reportedly drowned in the pool at their Ikoyi residence a few days ago.

Read the statement below.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, on behalf of officers and men of Lagos State Police Command, wishes to commiserate with the family of Mr. and Mrs. Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo a.k.a D’BANJ @iambangalee on the death of their one-year-old son, Daniel(Jnr) Oyebanjo whose sad event took place yesterday 24/06/2018, at the Ikoyi-Lagos residence of the family.

The CP wants the family to know that at this period of their grief, the entire Command shares in their pain.
Although a delegation from the Command, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Ikoyi Division, CSP Mustapha N’Abba, who were at the Ikoyi home of the Oyebanjos on a condolence visit did not meet anyone at home, it is expected that when the mourning period is over, the family will formally report the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of little Daniel to the police. May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

CSP Chike Oti.
Police Public Relations Officer Lagos State Police Command.


  1. Leah

    June 26, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Mourning period? How long exactly does it take for a parent to mourn their child? This is sadly a lifetime of heart ache for these two. The investigation should have started the moment the hospital declared the child dead.

  2. Babym

    June 26, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I can see Lagos police have completely gone mad! Why is this announcement freaking public???????????? To what end???

    • Tony

      June 26, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      U wrote down words that echoed in my mind while I was reading the statement. It’s useless to publish such. If u have condolences send directly to the family. Investigation was supposed to commence immediately. So they will come after 3 months and start asking jam questions? What training do this people have? If it’s harrassment of civilians they will be good at.

  3. Radiant

    June 26, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Seeing the picture of the baby’s birthday even breaks my heart.

  4. Merriment

    June 26, 2018 at 11:22 am

    If they want to report the matter they will. the message was ok before they added going to their house and not finding anyone and reporting the matter to police. unnecessary and borderline insensitive.

  5. Edirin

    June 26, 2018 at 11:40 am

    There is something vaguely insensitive about this Press Release .I know that they are sending their condolences, but in the way the second half of it is worded, there is an faint undertone of “suspicion” that I can’t put my finger on.

    I agree that the death should have been formally reported at the police station, but there are other ways to get the family to do so than releasing a statement on Social Media. If they were dealing with an ordinary citizens who had lost their child in an accident, would they have put a statement on social media, telling them that “it is expected that when the mourning period is over, the family will report the circumstances that lead to the unfortunate death” .

    Couldn’t they just release the first half of the Press Release and find another way to communicate the other half? If he was an ordinary citizen, I am SURE they would have found a way.

    I know it seems like the Police wants to do their job, but I always wonder why these policemen are always so “eager” to do their jobs when it is a high profile case like this.

    But then, maybe I am being too critical. Maybe their intentions are pure, Maybe they mean well.


  6. Edirin

    June 26, 2018 at 11:41 am

    “ordinary citizens”

  7. Fizzy

    June 26, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Stupid Nigerian police. You NEVER EVER FINNISH mourning the death of a child EVER! The norm is to swing into action immediately. Do your job and STOP playing to the gallery damn it.

  8. Papermoon

    June 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Please the baby didn’t die of natural causes, neither did he die at the hospital. He drowned in a pool so it must be reported to the police. Afterwards, please seal the pool. You can never tell with toddlers

    • Ovadje

      June 28, 2018 at 5:42 am

      @Papermoon, thank you. Most of the comments here appear more concentrated on chasing shadows instead of substance. Sure, it is an inelegant statement (the apparent product of straddling a tightrope between sensitivity and duty), but in most jurisdictions the family cannot even bury a drowned child without first obtaining a preliminary police report.

  9. Papermoon

    June 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    The police in Nigeria are awesome, they actually visits people’s houses when there’s a tragedy and releases statements to commiserate with them, they take the cake!!

    • larz

      June 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Only in Ikoyi.

      They also dont visit during gun reported or other violent crimes, less they become victims themselves.

    • Puzzles

      June 26, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      I hope this is sarcasm

    • Papermoon

      June 26, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Straight up. We’ve read of equally traffic stories and worse on this platform and I don’t remember the police visiting our releasing statements to commiserate…..

    • o

      June 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Sarcasm at its best

  10. Lilo

    June 26, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Lmao. Issorait. Meanwhile when the poor drowns, police will tell you it’s God’s will. Smh

  11. Baybie

    June 26, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    What happened to contacting Dbanj privately? If its to come and arrest armed robbers now, they will not have fuel in their vehicle o! Awon werey

  12. Ovadje

    June 28, 2018 at 5:22 am

    While this is an admittedly AWKWARD statement (and there is no reason to suspect that it is due to poor intentions rather than simply due to poor penmanship), it apears to be merely the Police’s means of informing the family (who btw should have reported the death themselves) that the Police has become aware of the (unreported) death and would be conducting a formal investigation thereto (which it is compelled to do by law). If indeed the Police did try diligently (as it appears to indicate) and still failed to otherwise privately contact DBanj, then there is nothing substantively wrong with using public communications channels. Meanwhile, may the soul of the poor kid rest in the Lord’s bosom.

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