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Netizens have continued to grieve the death of Ifeanyi Adeleke, the three-year-old son of popular Nigerian musician, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, and his fiancée, Chioma Rowland.
Reports say the police may carry out an autopsy to ascertain if Ifeanyi passed on as a result of drowning in a swimming pool at Davido’s Banana Island area of Lagos State.
A source who spoke to Punch confirmed the possibility of an autopsy, describing it as a standard police procedure in such an instance. However, the source added that the police may not carry out an autopsy if family members of the deceased kick against it.
The source said, “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 added that the police had detained Davido’s cook and nanny, after interrogating eight domestic staff of the music star. They were arrested for reasons bothering on failure to take care of a minor.
According to the source, “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.”
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyi, confirmed the arrest of the two domestic staff. He said, “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.”