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Davido’s son: Police set for autopsy *Nanny, cook still in detention, seven others released



Except the family refuses an autopsy would be performed on the body of Ifeanyi Adeleke, the three-year-old son of David Adeleke, alias Davido, who was said to have drowned in the family swimming pool, by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command, who are digging deep to unravel the true picture of the sad incident.

Indication that the police might conduct an autopsy to determine whether the little boy, born to the  popular music artiste, and his fiancée, Chioma Rowland, in 2019, actually died as a result of drowning in a swimming pool at his father’s residence in the Banana Island area of Lagos State.

The PUNCH, is quoting an impeccable source, who confirmed the development, said it was standard practice for the police to conduct an autopsy in such a case, adding, however, that the police would desist from the move if the deceased family members were against it.

“Though the family members are not saying anything yet because they are still in shock but until anybody says stop, the standard procedure is to conduct an autopsy and we are going to follow that procedure just like in any case of death,” the source said.

Explaining further, the source said out of the eight domestic workers interrogated by the police in connection with Ifeanyi’s death, the cook and nanny, whose job was to cater for the wellbeing of the three-year-old boy, had been detained for reasons including the failure to uphold the duty of care of the minor.

“It was the work of the nanny to take care of the child (Ifeanyi); the nanny was negligent or how could the boy have left the house without her knowledge? The boy left the house, walked to the back where the swimming pool is situated and fell into the swimming pool. Nobody noticed until much later. At that point in time, he had drowned and was at the bottom of the swimming pool.

“So, they brought him out and rushed him to the Lagoon Hospital, where the doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive him. They left the hospital and rushed the boy to Evercare Hospital, where he was declared dead. They have deposited his corpse in the mortuary for an autopsy to reveal the cause of death. All the domestic workers at home when the incident happened have been questioned by the police but only the nanny and cook were detained.”

Spokesman of the Lagost State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police (SP), was quoted as saying: “I spoke with the DPO and he said the nanny and the cook have been detained. Other domestic workers brought in for questioning were released.”

However, a former Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Edward Ajogun, who said closed-circuit television could help in throwing more light on the events that led to Ifeanyi’s death, reportedly, said: “Going by the personality of Davido, one should expect that all of these security gadgets are already on the ground. Someone living at Banana Island will surely have all these security gadgets installed. CCTV is like a third eye; it is a technology built to put an environment under surveillance. It is built to serve the purposes of prevention and detection of crime.

“As a crime detection technology, where crime has happened, the CCTV will assist in giving an insight into how that particular crime happened and making it easier to determine who perpetrated that crime.”

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

Meanwhile, celebrities, politicians, fans and sympathisers, who were traumatised by the tragic development, condoled with Davido and Chioma, who had been inconsolable since the events that led to the death of their son became public knowledge.

Amid the flurry of reactions to Ifeanyi’s death, a self-acclaimed foster brother to Davido, one Emeka Senator, while mourning over the tragedy that befell the couple, hinted in an Instagram post that an admonition about Ifeanyi’s death was ignored.

In a terse statement, he wrote, “The revelation was taken for granted. God, we are sorry.”

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

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

“But let’s pray against any arrow of death, especially against his son! Any close loved ones. God revealed to me that it will happen if prayers are not made.”

Following the tragic development that claimed Ifeanyi’s life, the prophet, in a trending video on Tuesday, said he would reach out to Davido on how to pray to avert further tragedies.

“I’ll try my best to reach out to the family and give you the last clue and tell you how you should pray about this,” he said.

As of the time of filing this report, no condolence post was shared on social media by the singer’s three other baby mamas.

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

The singer’s third and fourth baby mamas, Amanda, and Larissa London, also didn’t have any fresh posts on social media since the news of Ifeanyi’s death broke.

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

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

On his part, Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti, said, “Woke up to this terrible news. My deepest condolences to Davido and Chioma. Can’t even begin to imagine how they both must feel.”

Singer Paul Play Dairo, in his post, said, “I’m really lost for words. This is really painful. Take heart, David.”

Also, Nollywood actor, Williams Uchemba, in an Instagram post on Tuesday, said he prayed for Ifeanyi’s death to be a lie.

“I am upset, pained and confused. Nobody deserves to feel this pain. Please say a prayer for David, Chioma and the entire family. Rest up little one,” Uchemba added.

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

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

Politicians react

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

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

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


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

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

“As we join the entire Adeleke family to mourn the incredible loss experienced by this young couple, we pray that our God in heaven will give them strength,” Okowa added.

The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, while condoling with the bereaved family in a Twitter post, said he could not imagine the pains they were going through at the moment.

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

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

Similarly, the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, in a Facebook post, while commiserating with the family, said he shared in their grief.

The Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, who also condoled with Davido and his family, said Ifeanyi’s death was tragic.

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

Signed by the chapter’s caretaker Chairman, Akindele Adekunle, the statement read in part, “Following the bereavement affecting the scion of the Adeleke family, Davido, the Osun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has suspended political activities for the week.

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

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


I spent N80million to cook for Nigerians to eat free – Hilda Baci



Hilda Baci, confirmed on Tuesday by the Guinness World Record, for the longest cookathon record, on the same day revealed how she spent more than N80 million on the exercise to achieve the feat, which has now drawn a lot of global attention.

In response to a brand’s claim that she broke an N3 million agreement for a meet-and-greet event in Abuja, Bassey, who broke the record on May 11 at 4:00 pm, after a four-day cooking marathon aimed at breaking the previous record, denied having such an arrangement in place.

She said: “I spent over N80m of my hard earned money for my cookathon so people could eat and drink for free.”

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BREAKING: Guinness World Record finally confirms Hilda Baci’s record!



At last, the expected reply has come to Hilda Baci, the Nigerian sensation, who set the social media ablaze and gained global attention with her sheer tenacity and resilience, as the Guinness World Records (GWR), on Tuesday, finally confirmed as the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon, more three weeks after she performed the fat.

The global institution for recognising special feats across the world, made the confirmation on their official website on Tuesday, crowning the efforts of the Akwa-Ibom born chef, popularly known as Chef Baci, which she achieved on May 15 before hundreds of cheering Nigerians who watched her for days.

The post reads: “Following a thorough review of all the evidence, Guinness World Records can now confirm that Hilda Effiong Bassey, better known as Hilda Baci, has officially broken the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual), with a time of 93 hours 11 minutes.

“The 26-year-old Nigerian chef began on Thursday 11 May and continued through to Monday 15 May, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.

“Hilda attempted to set a record of 100 hours, however, almost seven hours were deducted from her final total because she mistakenly took extra minutes for one of her rest breaks early on in the attempt.”

The previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes was set by Lata Tondon (India) in 2019.



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I’m still 70 per cent village girl – Tonto *How I’d have been a pastor



Nollywood diva, Tonto Dikeh, has let out to the world the reason why she could not be found in revealing clothings like many of her counterparts in the entertainment industry, saying it had very much to do with her early upbringing.

In fact, the beautiful damsel, mother of one, and one of the most popular female celebrities in Nigeria, informs that if she had followed her trajectory in her early life, she would have ended up a pastor.

The talented actress, who used he Instagram page to let her fans into her early life, said she was raised in the church and worked as a cell leader, adding that her beginning had played a major role in her behavioral pattern in as an adult.

Stressing that regardless her level of her exposure, the nature of her job, and what people could have perceived of her, she priorities decency and felt uneasy in engaging in certain indulgences, especially off set, such as dressing in revealing clothes.

She wrote:“I grew up in church… I was a cell leader. I was a department assistant. I almost became a pastor. I still have a 70% village mentality. I’m so uncomfortable with revealing clothing. I just cld never learn it.”

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