Davido: Nigerian music star’s nanny questioned by police after death of three-year-old son


Police are questioning a nanny employed by Nigerian music star Davido after her three-year-old son died on Halloween.

The unnamed nanny was questioned along with seven other members of the performer’s domestic staff, six of whom have since been released, police told CNN.

Ifeanyi Adeleke, who celebrated his third birthday last month, is believed to have drowned in the swimming pool of the star’s house in Lagos’ posh Banana Island neighborhood.

Davido and his girlfriend Chioma Rowland, a chef and influencer also known as Chef Chi, were not at home when the tragedy struck, police said.

Lagos police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin told CNN: “Eight members of her domestic staff were questioned, but a nanny and another person are still being questioned. After our interrogation, six people were allowed to go because they did not have no direct relation to the incident.”

Although it has not yet been confirmed, the child appears to have drowned, according to police. Hundeyin said, “It looks like she is drowning, but we have to carry out our investigation to find out.”

Officers have not yet reviewed CCTV footage from the scene, Hundeyin told CNN.

“When we get to that we’ll review them,” he said. “For now, we haven’t. The investigation is systematic, step by step.”

Hundeyin added that police “have been in contact with his parents since day one.”

Born David Adeleke, Davido is one of Africa’s most prominent artists and has had a huge career success since his first single ‘Back When’ debuted in 2011.

His third studio album, “A Good Time”, was released in 2019 and charted on the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart for 21 weeks.

Known for his songs “Dami Duro” and “Fall”, he is the most followed African artist on Instagram.

In October, the Afrobeats star, who also has two daughters with other women, posted a photo of his young son on the social media platform with a birthday message.

He wrote: “I pray with all my heart that God will grant you perfect health and pure happiness for as long as is humanly possible.” You will grow up to be greater than me, happy birthday son @davidifeanyiadeleke!!! #BIG3″

The Instagram account under the child’s name appears to have been deleted.

Rowland had posted a similar image on the youngster’s birthday, with the message: “Happy birthday to the love of my life. Mom loves you so much, God bless you always for me. God has been so faithful to us and I am so grateful to be called your mother. May you be greater than your parents in Jesus name, amen. I love you twin! #big3.”

Tributes have been paid to the couple’s late son on social media.

Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State where Davido is from, he tweeted: “Saddened to hear of the unfortunate death of Ifeanyi, son of music star, David Adeleke popularly known as @davido. On behalf of my family and the people of Osun, I sympathize with Davido on this heartbreaking incident.”

Davido’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment from CNN.

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