The family of Tagbo Umeike, a friend of Afro-pop star Davido, has said that there is more to the story of their son’s death than what meets the eyes. The statement comes after the Commissioner of Police in Lagos state yesterday said that Davido lied about Tagbo’s death.
Contrary to earlier reports that Tagbo might have died after taking too much alcohol, autopsy report on Wednesday revealed that he died from suffocation.
Umeike died last weekend after partying with Davido and other friends.
A statement released on Wednesday night by Mrs Araka on behalf of the Umeike family said the evidence available to them showed that there was foul play in his death. The family vowed to bring the truth to light.
We, the family of Tagbo Ifeatuchukwu Umeike, received the shocking news of the passing of our brother on October 3 at about 8:55p.m., several hours after his demise,” the statement read.
“Since his passing, there have been several stories making the rounds, especially on social media, regarding Tagbo’s personality and the circumstances concerning his death.
“For a family that is trying to come to terms with the passing of their loved one, some disparaging and unfounded comments and statements about his personality and life, especially from individuals who did not even know Tagbo, have been received with a lot of sadness.
“Tagbo looked out for everyone and had a big heart; he was a friend to all and loved by many.
Evidence received so far suggests that there is more to his death and we, as a family, will ensure that the truth regarding the circumstances of his passing will be brought to light.
“At this point, we will like to thank the Lagos State Police Force, led by Acting Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, for their diligence and professionalism in carrying out their investigation.
“We are pleased to say that we now have a clearer picture of the events leading up to Tagbo’s untimely demise. As it is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to disclose any further information, but suffice to say the truth will come out!
“We would like to kindly ask that the print media and blogs covering this story refrain from printing hearsay and fabrications and stick to the facts, while respecting that the family is grieving.