The controversy surrounding the death of Tagbo Umeike, continues to generate reactions from various sectors in the Nigerian entertainment scene more than one week after the young man was declared dead.
Mainly known as Tagbo, not much was known of him until, unfortunately, he died last week as the saga began with Nollywood actress and producer, Caroline Danjuma, called out Davido on Instagram.
“The wicked shall never go unpunished. Father I prayed for 8 hours yesterday and called your name. No one is greater than you. No one is above you lord, Father, fight this battle jealously,” she wrote in a lengthy post once learning of the young man’s death.
Later revealing in an interview that she and Tagbo were dating, the actress said she had warned late Tagbo to stay away from friends like Davido. In another post along with the late Tagbo’s picture, she wrote: “You gave your all. When they needed your assistance you were always there for them. Tag, you don’t deserve this.
This world is cruel. I warned you but you were always acting Mr Nice. Now they labelled you an alcohol addict which is a big lie. I won’t keep shut. A glass of Henessy and cranberry gets you tipsy.”
It didn’t take long before the police got involved, with Davido reportedly meeting police officials including the Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, pleading his innocence in the matter in a meeting also attended by Caroline Danjuma, Tagbo’s family members among others.
But when CCTV footage emerged showing Tagbo drinking with Davido, the police authorities decided they couldn’t rely on Davido’s submission that he didn’t spend time with the deceased on October 3 leading to the next day, a day turned out to be his last birthday o n this side of existence.
While addressing journalists at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters on Wednesday, Imohimi said the autopsy report showed Tagbo died of asphyxiation, another word for suffocation after allegedly taking 40 shots of Tequila according to those at the bar.
It all got more mysterious when the deaths of two other associates of the music star, DJ Olu (Olugbenga Abiodun) and Chime Amaechi, became public knowledge earlier this week. The two young men, aged 25 and 24 respectively, were found dead in a BMW car in a garage on Block B, Banana Island, Lagos last Saturday.
Reports that substances suspected to be drugs were founded at the scene have been countered by both families who stated their willingness to make autopsy reports being carried out on both corpses public as soon as they are ready.
However, it must be stated that Davido, while acknowledging and mourning Tagbo and DJ Olu, who he eulogised in a social media post, has not for once said or written anything about Chime Amaechi.
According to Dr. Mashudat Bello- Mojeed, a Consultant Psychiatrist at Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Lagos, “Unfortunately, abuse of drugs and alcohol by youths is on the increase at the moment, and that is a rather sad commentary.
You know the sensation that they have after indulging on that is usually shortlived. After a while the side effect could stop, which give them a false sense of returning back to normal.
We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that abuse of substances of any kind could damage the brain, lungs, kidney, heart and even liver. It could also have severe consequences that could lead to installment or instant death depending on the level of abuse at the particular time. Like I said earlier, initially, they will have happy feelings but those happy feelings that they usually derive would be quickly followed by dire effect which could be mired at the onset.”
On his own, Dr. Ogunnubi Peter, a Consultant Psychiatrist and Chief Executive Officer of Grace Cottage Clinic, said: “It is very traumatising, painful and could also lead people to what is called post traumatic treats in future. Any human being that loses a loved one usually goes through bereavement and grief.
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