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NIGERIA: Murder Accusation Threatens Davido’s Rising Career

By Published October 12, 2017

Nigerian rising singer, Davido is currently embroiled in a triple murder investigation following the death of three of his close friend and associates in quick succession.

Born David Adedeji Adeleke,  Davido has been questioned twice by police over the suspicious death of Tagbo Umeike, DJ Olu and Chime. Tagbo Umeike was said to have had a night of heavy drinking before his death, he allegedly had 40 shots of tequila, according to the police - with his friends, including Davido, before his body was deposited at Lagos Island General Hospital in the early hours of October 3.

When police first questioned Davido, he told them 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 - 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 Banana Island area of Lagos.

Local media initially reported the deaths were due to drug overdoses at a time police cautioned and only made official statement after receiving the autopsy reports.

Davido has however denounced "lies everywhere" after internet rumours about the deaths. In a short video clip posted on his Instagram account, Davido said: "Due to respect for Tagbo and his family, I haven't spoken about the issue since (his death). Soon, a statement and footage will be released. Enough is enough."

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