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The death of three-year-old Ifeanyi Adeleke, son of popular musician Davido, has sparked widespread grief and drawn messages of commiseration from all sections of Nigerians, writes DEJI LAMBO

There are indications that police may carry out an autopsy to determine if Ifeanyi Adeleke, son of popular music artist, Davido, and his fiancée, Chioma Rowland, died after drowning in a swimming pool at the his father’s residence in the Banana Island area. of Lagos State.

A flawless source, who confirmed the development, said it was standard practice for police to carry out an autopsy in such a case, however adding that police would forgo the move if the deceased family members found themselves. opposed it.

“Although the family members are still not saying anything because they are still in shock, but until someone says to stop, the standard procedure is to do an autopsy and we will follow this procedure as in all death cases,” the source said. .

Further explaining, the source said that of the eight domestic workers questioned by the police about Ifeanyi’s death, the cook and the nanny, whose job it was to look after the well-being of the three-year-old boy, had been detained for reasons such as non-compliance with the duty to protect the minor.

The source said, “It was the nanny’s job to take care of the child (Ifeanyi); the nanny was negligent or how could the boy leave the house without his knowledge?

“The boy left the house, walked to the back where the pool is and fell into the pool. Nobody noticed him until much later. By then he had drowned and was at the bottom of the pool.

“So they got him out and rushed him to Lagoon Hospital, where doctors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. They left the hospital and rushed the boy to Evercare Hospital. , where he was pronounced dead.

“They deposited his body in the morgue for an autopsy to reveal the cause of death. All the domestic workers present at the house at the time of the incident were questioned by the police, but only the nanny and the cook were arrested.

Confirming the detention of the two domestic workers, Lagos State Police Command spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin when contacted said: “I have spoken with the DPD and he has said that the nanny and the cook had been arrested. Other domestic workers brought in for questioning were released.

Possible review of CCTV

However, a former Ogun state police commissioner, Edward Ajogun, said CCTV could help shed light on the events leading up to Ifeanyi’s death.

He said: “Based on Davido’s personality, one would expect all of these security gadgets to be out in the field already. Surely someone living on Banana Island will have installed all those security gadgets.

“CCTV is like a third eye; it is a technology designed to put an environment under surveillance. It is designed to serve the purposes of preventing and detecting crime.

“As crime detection technology, where a crime has occurred, CCTV will help provide insight into how that particular crime occurred and help determine who perpetrated that crime.”

Contacted for a follow-up reaction regarding the impact the CCTV could have in the ongoing investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding Ifeanyi’s death at Davido’s residence, Hundeyin said: “The CCTV will be reviewed if we find any. one installed in his home”.

The punch learned that the news of Ifeanyi’s death, which occurred on Monday evening, has left family members in mourning.

Celebrities, politicians, fans and well-wishers, traumatized by the tragic development, have offered their condolences to Davido and Chioma, who have been inconsolable since the events that led to their son’s death became public knowledge.

Amid the wave of reactions to Ifeanyi’s death, Davido’s self-proclaimed adoptive brother, Senator Emeka, while mourning the tragedy that befell the couple, hinted in an Instagram post that a warning about the death of Ifeanyi had been ignored.

In a terse statement, he wrote: “Revelation was taken for granted. God, we’re sorry.

The punch gathered that a prophet, Samuel King, had in a Facebook post labeled ‘Global Prophecy’ on January 7, 2022, predicted the death of Davido’s son.

The message read: “PRAY FOR DAVID ADELEKE, aka Davido. In a vision I saw 2022 with so many opportunities for it, rewards and rewards! This is the biggest year for him even until 2023!

“But let us pray against any arrow of death, especially against his son! All relatives. God has revealed to me that this will happen if the prayers are not said.

Following the tragic development that claimed Ifeanyi’s life, the Prophet, in a trending video on Tuesday, said he would contact Davido on how to pray to avoid further tragedies.

“I will do my best to reach out to the family and give you the final clue and tell you how you should pray about this,” he said.

Silent moms baby

At the time of this report’s filing, no messages of condolence have been shared on social media by the singer’s other three moms.

The latest post on the Instagram page of her first baby mum, Sophia Momodu, showed her advertising an energy drink. It was published a day before the news of Ifeanyi’s death.

The singer’s third and fourth baby mamas, Amanda and Larissa London, have also not posted any new social media posts since news broke of Ifeanyi’s death.

However, celebrities took to their social media pages to express their sadness over the tragedy that claimed the life of the three-year-old.

In their condolence messages, many of them attached photos of candles to mourn Davido’s son.

Meanwhile, Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti, said, “I woke up to this terrible news. My deepest condolences to Davido and Chioma. I can’t even begin to imagine how they must both be feeling.

Singer Paul Play Dairo, in his post, said, “I am truly at a loss for words. It’s really painful. Don’t worry, David.

Additionally, Nollywood actor, Williams Uchemba, in an Instagram post on Tuesday, said he prayed that Ifeanyi’s death was a lie.

“I am upset, pained and confused. No one deserves to feel this pain. Please say a prayer for David, Chioma and the whole family. Rest little one,” Uchamba added.

Describing Ifeanyi’s death as a brutal shock, actress Iyabo Ojo, in an Instagram post, said, “I was hoping it wasn’t true. My God!!! It is so shocking, sad, devastating and extremely painful.

Actor Muyiwa Ademola also said that parents burying their children is one of the saddest experiences in life.

Politicians react

The tragedy that befell Davido and Chioma’s son also drew sympathy from governors and politicians, among others.

In his reaction, All Progressives Congress presidential standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Tinubu wished the singer and the Adeleke family courage to bear the loss.

“Oluremi and I send our sincere and deep condolences to David, Chioma and the entire Adeleke family for the tragic loss of their son, Ifeanyi,” Tinubu said in a post on Twitter.

In a similar vein, People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in a post using his verified Twitter account said, “My thoughts and prayers are with Davido and Chioma and the Adeleke family at this time. . I pray that God will strengthen and comfort them.

Sharing the grief, Atiku’s running mate Dr Ifeanyi Okowa said that as a father he was extremely heartbroken to learn of the passing of Davido and Chioma’s son, Ifeanyi.

“As we join the entire Adeleke family in mourning the incredible loss of this young couple, we pray for our God in heaven to give them strength,” Okowa added.

Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, while offering his condolences to the bereaved family in a post on Twitter, said he could not imagine the pain they were going through at the moment.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his reaction described Ifeanyi as a lovely son.

He said: “Death leaves a heartbreak that no words can heal and today I express my deepest condolences to David and Chioma, on the death of their son.”

Likewise, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun in a Facebook post, while sympathizing with the family, said he shared their grief.

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who also offered his condolences to Davido and his family, said Ifeanyi’s death was tragic.

Meanwhile, in a statement released by the Osun State branch of the PDP, the party said it had suspended all political activities for the week following Ifeanyi’s death.

Signed by the branch’s acting president, Akindele Adekunle, the statement reads in part: “Following the bereavement affecting the scion of the Adeleke family, Davido, the Osun State branch of the People’s Democratic Party has suspended his political activities for the week.

Additionally, Senator Bukola Saraki, while reacting to the development, in a post on Twitter said, “My family sends condolences to David, Chioma and the entire Adeleke family for the loss of their lovely son, Ifeanyi. We pray for strength and healing during this difficult time. »

The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, in his message of condolence to the couple, urged them to be strong in this time of mourning.

  • Additional reporting by Segun Adewole, Babatunde Titilola, Sodiq Ojuroungbe, Olamide Famuwagun and Bola Bamigbola

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