Nigerian pop star Davido on Thursday released a statement and CCTV footages of what transpired the night his friend, Tagbo Umeike, died.
The incident triggered passionate reactions in Nigeria, where the 24-year-old singer, whose real name is David Adedeji Adeleke, is a star with 5 million followers on Instagram and 2.8 million on Twitter.
Tagbo had a night of heavy drinking — he had 40 shots of tequila, according to the police — with his friends, including Davido, before his body was abandoned at Lagos Island General Hospital in the early hours of October 3.
Umeike’s girlfriend, Nollywood actress Caroline Danjuma accused Davido of abandoning his friend, saying he should explain himself.
When first questioned by police, Davido said he was at a club and only heard of Umeike’s death hours after the fact, Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal told a press conference on Wednesday.
“However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver… took the deceased to the General Hospital and abandoned him in his vehicle on the instruction of Davido,” Edgal said.
“The interim autopsy report stated that the victim died of asphyxia, which means suffocation,” said Edgal, adding that the singer was questioned again on Wednesday.
Two other members of the singer’s entourage died a few days after Umeike. Their bodies were discovered on October 7 in a BMW parked in a private residence in the ultra-chic Lagos area Banana Island.
Local media initially reported the deaths were from overdoses, but police said they were waiting for autopsy results.
Below is his statement and video: