’Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua
The mystery behind the death of Tagbo Umeike, one of singer, Davido’s friends, has yet to be unravelled as different versions concerning his death keep unfolding.
Even as actress, Caroline Danjuma, in a recent interview with Stelladimokokorkus blog, alleged she heard Tagbo was on a drinking spree with Davido and his friends, another family friend of the late man has given Saturday Beats his version of the story, similar to Caroline’s.
The family friend, Damilola Usman, who spoke to Saturday Beats from Tagbo’s parents’ house on Wednesday, alleged Tagbo passed out after taking shots of tequila.
He said, “Tagbo’s family is not ready to give out information now but once they are, we would contact you because the case is still at the police station and the investigation is still on-going. However, what happened was that we went to a joint together called the Shisha Room. In the Shisha Room, we had a competition of Tequila shot. Each person had to take 10 shots of Tequila and after the competition, Tagbo passed out. Nobody took him to the hospital because everybody was high already. We did not know that it was something serious.
“I learnt they went to the beach later and I think he passed out at the beach again. His friends that accompanied him to the beach did not attend to him on time but eventually when they suspected that there was something wrong, they allegedly dropped him in front of the hospital with his car.,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the interview Caroline granted SDK blog, she said she learnt there was a bet of N200, 000 and the late Tagbo drank 50 shots of tequila.
Caroline, who also revealed the late guy was her boyfriend said, “I decided to call my neighbour who was also Tagbo’s friend and he said that there was a bet of N200, 000 and that Tagbo drank about 50 shots of tequila but I said that cannot be true. Tagbo cannot drink even a glass of Hennessey because he had a light brain like me. So a guy who couldn’t drink this much couldn’t finish 50 shots of tequila. Tagbo did not need N200, 000 to do that. He came from a very wealthy background so he didn’t need that kind of bet; he was not hungry for that. I was shattered to hear such news.
Meanwhile, someone who rented my bar told me he was with Davido at Shisha Bar on Monday and then I asked him randomly, “Oh then, you must know Tagbo”. The guy confirmed that he met Tagbo and that was when he knew they were birthday mates and he also said they had fun and went from there to DNA to party on Lagos Island.
“I contacted another person who (allegedly) remembered seeing Davido and Tagbo. According to what the person said, Tagbo drank the tequila and got intoxicated,” she said.
Meanwhile, ever since the story broke, Davido has denied his involvement in the death of his friend via his Instagram account. He posted, “I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of my friend Tagbo. First and foremost, my sincere condolences and prayers are with his family at this time. I’ve been in the same position before, multiple times and also of recent. But it is also disappointing that false information and complete lies have been put out there using my name, as usual. Out of total respect for Tagbo and his family, I will not discuss this matter further for now. Rest in peace Tagbo. David Adeleke.”