Evidence suggests that police could perform an autopsy to determine if Ifeanyi Adeleke, son of popular music artist, Davido, and his fiancée, Chioma Rowland, died as a result of drowning in a swimming pool at his father’s residence in the area. from Banana Island of Lagos State.
According to a source, who confirmed the development, it was standard practice for the police to perform an autopsy in such a case, but added that the police would refrain from the move if the relatives of the deceased were against it.
“Although the relatives are not saying anything yet because they are still in shock, but until someone says stop, standard procedure is to do an autopsy and we are going to follow that procedure, just like in any death case,” the said. source. .
The source also revealed that of the eight housekeepers questioned by police in connection with the death of Ifeanyi, the cook and nanny, whose job it was to look after the well-being of the three-year-old boy, had been detained for, among other things, the failure to comply with the minor’s duty of care.
“It was the nanny’s job 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 pool is and fell into the pool. No one noticed until much later. At that point, he had drowned and was lying at the bottom of the pool.
“So they brought 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 have placed his body in the morgue for an autopsy to reveal the cause of death. All domestic workers who were at home when the incident took place have been questioned by the police, but only the nanny and the cook have been detained,” the source added.
The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the detention of the two domestic workers when the police were contacted: “I spoke to the DPO and he said that the nanny and the cook have been detained. Other housekeepers brought in for questioning were released.”
Also, a closed circuit television (CCTV) that would have to be installed in such a high-quality home could shed more light on the probable cause of death.
The news of the death of three-year-old Ifeanyi Adeleke has thrown the family into mourning since Monday, when the boy was reported to have drowned, as well as receiving tributes from key personalities, celebrities and the public who messaged their social media handles.