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Drug Use? Davido’s DJ, DJ Olu and friend Chime, found dead in car – All you need to know

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On October 7, 2017, four days after the death of Tagbo, embattled Sony pop star Davido was linked yet to another death, the death of his official DJ, Oluwagbemiga Abiodun aka DJ Olu and a friend Chime. DJ Olu and Chime were found dead in the DJ’s car with foam at their mouths and blood streaming from their noses. The Lagos police are investigating these deaths and did call Davido in for questioning. In addition, an autopsy is currently underway to ascertain the cause of death. Here is all you need to know about the deaths of the aforementioned duo, for now.

DJ Olu
Twenty-four-year-old DJ Olu was the official DJ for Davido for over four years. He was also the son of a wealthy Nigerian billionaire, Dapo Abiodun, who is running for office in one of the local states, Ogun state. In 2015, his father contested for the Ogun East Senatorial seat but lost. DJ Olu graduated from the University of Essex in the U.K. last summer. He was in a romantic relationship with Ajay, the last born of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi. The DJ had an aspiration to help expand his father’s business and actively shared his aspirations on social media.

Shortly after his death, there was an autopsy report floating online which claimed the DJ died as a result of drug overdose. His family immediately debunked this report claiming it was false. The family’s official statement follows:

The Abiodun family confirms the tragic and regrettable demise of our beloved son, Olugbemiga. We know there are many questions as to how or why such tragedy would happen to such great individual but still, God is in control.

The past few days have been most trying for the family. We are saddened by his demise but we are comforted by the well wishes and kind thoughts of friends around the world. Olugbemiga has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him. He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, idealist and selfless individual who was extremely inspirational to many.

The family hereby, pleads with the public to disregard insinuations being peddled by certain sections of the media about the actual cause of our son’s death.

An official result of the autopsy conducted will be made available as soon as it is ready. Until then, we urge everyone to kindly respect our family’s need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately. We remain humble as parents and a family, among several around the world who are bereaved via the tragic loss of a child.

It is never easy to come to terms with the heart-wrenching and enduring agony that accompanies the death of a loved son.

But our family will forever treasure memories of the extremely joyous days spent with Olugbemiga, prior to his demise. Those precious memories will stay with us forever. We are privileged to have some of his amazing, magic moments captured in our hearts.

To everyone who knew him, Olugbemiga was a son and man of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him more personally, he was a consummate artiste and citizen of humanity. We knew him as a devoted son, a loyal and very generous brother and friend.

We treasure the outpouring of grief, empathy and love from unbelievably wonderful network of close friends in Nigeria and from around the world.

Families rarely experience such stirring warmth, compassion and support as have we, from every corner of the planet.

This has profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

At this moment however, we respectfully request the worldwide media to allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.

Seye Abiodun

For the family

The Lagos police also had something to say about the false autopsy via their social media accounts.

“But why all these rumors that Olu Abiodun and Chime Amaechi died of drug overdose? The commissioner of Police Lagos State command CP Imohimi Edgar never revealed that the two friends died as a result of overdose! The command is awaiting the result of the autopsy and investigation is ongoing! Let’s avoid peddling stories that are not confirmed especially when people have lost their lives. Only Tagbo’s autopsy just returned. It will be made public at an appropriate time if need be. #policeawaitsautopsy#waitforreport“.

On October 11, 2017, a candlelight service was held in his honor in Banana Island, Ikoyi. During the service, his father joined other grieving family and friends to pay tribute to his son. “He always wanted to impress me, and he did,” said Dapo Abiodu. “I take peace knowing all his plans and projects kicked off in his name and not mine.”

On October 12, 2017, DJ Olu was buried at The Vaults in Ikoyi after a funeral mass held at Emmanuel Chapel in Banana  Island. While it doesn’t appear Davido was present at the candlelight service or funeral, his manager Asa Asika was. Davido was present at the burial.


Chime Amaechi 

Not much is known about Chime Amaechi, was found dead alongside DJ Olu. However, in an interview with TheNetng, the father had the following to say about the death of his son: “we were in Ibadan when we got the call that Chime had died.”  His sister who was also present and interviewed alongside Chimes father gave even more details.

“…when I heard the news I couldn’t believe it, I thought it was a lie, I couldn’t believe and my brother had to call our family friends to take me to their house. At that point, we didn’t know how to break the news to our parents so we had to look for someone to tell them.

…we heard he was sweating, bleeding from his nose and mouth and was foaming from his mouth before he passed on. Some of his friends began to call to say the last time they saw him, he was fine at a filling station, someone else said they saw him on Snapchat eating and no one has made mention of the fact that Chime and Olu ate and it was the last place they visited before they went home.”

Olisa.TV website shed, even more, light by sharing a video prior to the death that showed both men with wads of cash in their vehicle. It is alleged that the cash is now unaccounted for. The Lagos police say has informed the public that they, in fact, found substances in the vehicle that may be drugs but it has been sent to the lab for evaluation. The police make no mention of recovery of any cash.

Let’s wait and see how this case unfolds. I do suspect it is a case of drug use which is now a major epidemic across Nigeria among the rich and poor.

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