had earlier reported that Chime and Olu’s deaths were as a result of a
drug overdose and that ‘hard drugs were discovered in the car’.
His bereaved family spoke to us, declaring that that report was false and that the Chime was definitely not a drug user.
The older Mr Amaechi and his daughter, Sopulu spoke on camera as his distraught mother wept softly in a corner.
‘My late son was not a drug user. Like me he didn’t even
drink and when he did, it was always in very small quantities. He was a
level-head, nice human being.Even when he left school and started
business, he would always let me know his next line of action, so I am
surprised that these lies are being spread about him,’ he said.
‘Chime is not that type of person…If you see drug addicts, they don’t think straight most times…Chime is not like that,’ his sister added.
The father went on to say he had accepted the death of Chime as a
Christian who had left everything to God but seeing the lies being
spread about his son, he couldn’t keep quiet.
‘I spoke to the DPO of Ikoyi Police Station when I saw
the Punch story and he said investigations were still ongoing and
there’s no way that can be correct. They even got the age wrong: they
said he’s 25. My son that I gave birth to is just 23. He was 23 in
February. We just want justice to be done,’ Mr Amaechi said.
His sister said ‘‘Chime was not that kind of person, I have seen addicts and I
know how they act…My brother or Dj Olu were not definitely not
You see, addicts are always fidgeting, their
account of what they do is not constant. Chime was always coherent. I
never suspected his moves because he confided in me. So how would they
say he overdosed on drugs? Nobody is asking for the name of the place
they went to eat, neither are they asking if he was poisoned. I am convinced that this was a case of poisoning or sabotage, because I know my brother.’
Pressed on why her brother could have been murdered, she says ‘My
belief is that it was something connected to his business. Her and Olu
were negotiating a deal with the Oyo State Government and he had just
arrived from Ibadan. The person who reviewed the CCTV footage told us
they saw someone drop something in their car and the person left. They
should tell us who that person is.’
When we spoke to the DPO of Ikoyi Police Station whose officers were the
first on the scene after the bodies were discovered, he said no
information has been given by him as to the cause of the deaths until
the autopsy is complete.
‘I’ve been seeing a lot of information all over the place. We will disclose our findings when the investigation is complete.’
Chime was found lifeless with Olugbenga Abiodun who was Davido’s DJ
in the parking lot of the Banana Island apartment they lived in.