Investigations into the death of Tagbo Umeke, a friend of hip-pop artiste, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, took a different dimension yesterday, following his arrest upon discovery that his statement was laced with falsehood.
Davido reportedly told an investigative team at Lion Building division, Lagos Island, that he was not at Shisha Bar, from where the deceased was rushed and dumped at the Lagos Island General Hospital.
In his statement, Davido also said that he had left the bar for DNA Night Club on Victoria Island, Lagos where he was informed about Umeke’s death.
However, while briefing journalists on the update of the investigation yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said that preliminary investigation showed that the late Umeke was rushed to the hospital on Davido’s instruction. Consequently, Davido was arrested yesterday.
A sober Davido was sighted in a white hood shirt on a pair of pants at the command’s headquarters yesterday in company with his lawyer. He was moved to Lion Building about 5p.m. where he was still being quizzed as at time of writing this report.
Edgal said: “About 9.20a.m. on October 3, 2017, the Chief Security Officer of Lagos Island General Hospital alerted the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Lion Building, that an unidentified male was brought in dead in an ash colour Toyota Camry car with number plate LSD 738 EL. The victim was alleged to have been brought in by two unidentified males.
“The DPO rushed to the scene and identified the victim as Tagbo Umeke, from the international passport found in the car. Shortly after, one Caroline Danjuma, an actress and the victim’s fiancée published on her Instagram page that her boyfriend died in the company of some friends among who was Davido.
“In my usual style of fact findings, I called for a meeting with the family of the deceased, Davido’s family, Davido, Caroline Danjuma, including the DPO Lion building and the investigative team. The meeting established that the deceased, Tagbo Umeke, met and had drinks with friends among who was Davido at Shisha Bar.
“The bar attendant confirmed that he (deceased) had 40 shots of Tequila and exhibited clear signs of drunkenness. The CCTV footage which I called for showed that the deceased was quarrelsome and violent in that meeting.”
The commissioner insisted that Davido confirmed that he left Shisha Bar without the deceased to DNA Night Club and that he was only informed of the victim’s death at DNA club.
But against that claim, investigations revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Usutu, accompanied by Agbeje Olaoye and 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.
He also hinted that the CCTV footage at the hospital recorded the escort vehicle and all that transpired. The vehicle was recovered from Davido’s residence at 7, Awosika Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
The interim autopsy report stated that the victim died of Asphyxia which literally means suffocation.
“At the end of this fresh round of investigation, I will tell Lagosians our findings,” Edgal added.
Rituals: I pay N10,000 for virgins’ underwear – Herbalist
A herbalist, identified simply as Ogbuegbunu, has disclosed that he used to buy virgins’ underwear for N10,000 to make rituals. Ogbuegbunu was arrested by vigilantes and youths of Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State at the weekend. The suspect was allegedly sent packing from his former location at Enugwu-ukwu town, a town before Abagana.
It was learnt that Ogbuegbunu is a native of Aguluizigbo in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state. According to a witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, trouble started when the boy engaged by the herbalist to be “stealing” virgins’ underwear for N10,000 for each was caught while trying to steal underwear by youths of the town.
“While questioning the boy he named the herbalist as an accomplice. He used to send the boy from Umudunu to go and steal children’s (virgins’) pants for him. The boy confessed that Ogbuegbunu used to pay him N10,000 anytime he did the work for him.
“The two of them were brought to Ekwuluomu shrine today (yesterday) to take an oath and from there to Aro shrine. “When they got to the herbalist’s house, they saw many names of those troubling him written on a letterhead. “There were so many other names including names of Abagana people with a lot of padlocks, keys and caskets, but thank God that people held him and ordered him to unlock those padlocks. After everything, they set those things ablaze and told him that he had to pack his things and leave Abagana.
“This was the same thing he did at Enugw Ukwu which made them to send him packing from the community some years ago,” the witness said. The source added that the virgin victims would over time develop strange ailments which would kill them, thereby increasing the herbalist’s wealth and clientele.
When contacted on the telephone, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nkeiruka Nwode, said she had informally heard about the story. The PPRO added that the matter had not been officially reported to her office. She said: “I have contacted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of the area where the crime supposedly happened, but he said he did not know about it.”
Ex-convict poses as NNPC finance director on Facebook
Police in Ogun State have arrested a former convict, Surajudeen Balogun, for allegedly impersonating a director in the state Ministry of Finance on a social media platform, Facebook. The 46-year-old Balogun was also accused of attempting to swindle a female police officer on the same Facebook. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi explained that Balogun, a fashion designer from Ijebu-Ode area of the state, posed on Facebook as an official of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with the picture of the said finance director through which he had been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public. The PPRO said Balogun had earlier been arrested for similar offence when he duped a woman, Bimpe Akinmade, of N950,000 having claimed to be an NNPC official based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Balogun had allegedly asked the woman to lend him the said amount to secure the release of his brother who was reportedly detained at Ibara Prison with the promise to refund her whenever he returned to Abeokuta. Oyeyemi said:
“He (the suspect) came to meet the victim under the pretence of running an errand for the Port Harcourt-based man, collected the money and blocked the woman on his Facebook page. “He was later traced and arrested by the police, charged to court and sentenced to prison.
“As soon as he came out of prison, he started his nefarious activities again. Luck ran out on him when he was trying to defraud another woman on Facebook under the same guise unknown to him that the woman is a police officer. “The officer played along with him until Saturday, February 17 when he was arrested while trying to collect money from the woman.” Oyeyemi disclosed that the suspect owned up to committing the crime on interrogation. “He informed the police that he downloaded the picture of the finance director and used it as his DP (display picture) in order to deceive his victims,” the PPRO said.
Herdsmen kill 50 in Nasarawa, says Tiv president
- Police parade herders for burning 15 houses
At least 50 people lost their lives in the herdsmen attacks on communities in the South Senatorial District of Nasarawa State. This came as police in Nasarawa State paraded two Fulani herdsmen at the weekend for burning down 15 houses belonging to the displaced Tiv persons in Obi Local Government Area.
The areas worse hit by the attacks and killings are Keana, Obi, Awe, Doma and Lafia. At least, 83 villages were razed down while property including farmlands and economic trees believed to worth billions of naira were destroyed since January. President of Tiv Development Association (TIDA), a socio-cultural organisation for the Tiv indigenes in the state, Mr. Boniface Ifer, made this known at the weekend while speaking with journalists in Lafia on the security situation in the Southern Senatorial District of the state. Ifer added that all the affected persons and villages are of the Tiv extractions.
He said: “We don’t know the exact number of causalities because we still have cases of missing persons whom we assumed are dead but because of security reasons, we cannot organise a search to recover their bodies. “I want to clear the air where some people are denying that there is crisis in Nasarawa State and that the people in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp are all from Benue State. I want to debunk that statement. Let me tell you that over 50 Tiv sons and daughters in Nasarawa State are already dead as a result of these herdsmen attacks.
Why are they claiming that my people are not affected?” Ifer disclosed that the military and police deployed in Nasarawa State on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari had arrived the state but refused to move to the affected areas where people were being killed on a daily basis and houses being burnt down. He said: “We don’t know why the military refuse to move to the affected areas. We want the whole world to know that the military deployed in Nasarawa State have been stationed in one place in Lafia.”
The police also paraded a 42-year-old man, Danlami Usman, arrested with N2.4 milliom counterfeit currency at Mararaba in Karu Local Government Area. Parading the suspects along with seven others at the police command headquarters in Lafia, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Idirisu John Kennedy, explained that the two Fulani herdsmen – Bagu Anaruwa (42) and Rabo Anaruwa (22) – were arrested for conspiring and burning down 15 houses belonging to some Tiv men at Kuduku 11 village in Keana Local Government Area. He disclosed that a man, Nicholas Alua, and three other suspects all of Tiv by tribe, took advantage of the herdsmen/farmers crisis situation and criminally conspired and set on fire three thatched houses belonging to their kinsmen at Farin Ruwa village in Obi Local Government Area.
He explained that luck ran out on them when they were caught in the act. According to the police image maker, on February 11, Ijekeni Uhon of Gidan Nguinyi was arrested for setting on fire 25 houses belonging to some Tiv at Gidan Wakili in Obi Local Government Area.
The PPRO disclosed that Danlani Usman, found with N2.4 million counterfeit currency, was arrested at Mararaba in Karu Local Government Area when transacting business with the counterfeit currency. According to him, Usman was arrested by a team of detectives at Mararaba where he was transacting business with the counterfeit currency at night.
Kennedy disclosed that despite the effort made by the police in protecting lives and property of the displaced persons along border communities of Nasarawa and Benue states in the wake of the skirmishes between herdsmen and farmers with the deployment of five units of mobile policemen in the affected areas, the command continued to received reports of isolated killings and burning of houses that were deserted.
He disclose that the command had arrested 20 suspects in connection with the recent skirmishes that spilled over from Benue State to some border communities in Nasarawa State, saying that most of the suspects had already been charged to court. The PPRO, however, promised that the command would continue to engage the warring parties in dialogue. He appealed to them to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace.
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