Death of Davido’s son: “OBO has questions to answer”, a popular lawyer gives legal perspectives

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  • There is a new legal perspective that David Adeleke aka Davido and his baby mum Chioma Rowland should be moored for the death of their son
  • Renowned lawyer and human rights activist, Abakpa Adoyi Matthew said there was no reason for Davido to apprehend his domestic helpers.
  • He argued that, based on all available indications, the housekeepers did not commit the alleged act with intent.

Rivers, Port Harcourt – Abakpa Adoyi Matthew, a popular Port Harcourt lawyer and human rights activist, argued that it would be very difficult to prosecute the domestic workers in charge of Davido’s son, Ifeanyi, who recently drowned in a swimming pool.

Abakpa felt that if people are being prosecuted, Davido should be one of them for exposing his 3-year-old son to a swimming pool which he considered very dangerous for a child of that age.

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Davido, Ifeanyi, Chioma
Davido’s son, Ifeanyi Adeleke, recently marked 3 years before his tragic passing on Tuesday November 1. Photo: @Davido
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Nigerians woke up on Tuesday morning to the sad news of the death of the artist’s son.

The main case of Ifeanyi’s death

According to reports, Ifeanyi was with the nanny when the chief joined them. The nanny only came out to answer a call, leaving Ifeanyi and the chief. But the boy snuck out of the room. For 20 minutes they had been looking for him only for them to notice movement in the pool and retrieve his body. He was rushed to Lagoon Hospital, where he was confirmed dead from being in the water too long.

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The police immediately invited all of the artist’s household staff for questioning. At least no less than nine staff members were invited. The police then released 6 of them, leaving the caregivers, the nanny and the chief in custody.

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Debates on the death of Ifeanyi, role of caregivers

There has been a series of debates about who is responsible and should be held responsible for the death of little Ifeanyi. Many have accused carers of neglect, saying it was a mystery for a child who was kept in their care to have disappeared for 20 minutes without a trace.

But lawyer Abakpa has a different opinion. Asked by Legit.ng On the law’s position regarding the incident, Abakpa, while sympathizing with Davido and his fiancée, Chioma, said that Davido having exposed his son to dangerous activity, he cannot sue others for negligence.

The attorney further argued that in the cause of reasonable action, the caregivers could not be charged with any criminal offense as there was no willful act to commit the crime.

“No criminal offense has been committed. We say this because Davido is a big celebrity. If this happens in your home, could you hold someone responsible?

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“It is purely a pitiful incident. It was not voluntary. Did the nanny who went to get a call send the little one to the pool? death and we think it’s a sad thing that happens to parents, we can see that it wasn’t deliberate.”

Abakpa accuses Davido

Abakpa also said that while Davido might be trying to give his son his best, it wasn’t too good to expose him to swimming at the age of three. He argued that the child must have thought he was a certified swimmer.

“I also watched different video clips where Davido himself took the boy to the pool, threw him in the pool and then pulled him out after the boy started screaming. They had gone swimming at different dates.

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“A child of about three years old; what do you teach him in terms of swimming in a pool for an adult. The boy actually went to practice what he was taught. His father had taught him to swim. In fact, there was a video where Davido even certified him as an expert in swimming and water safety. I watched it myself. So maybe the boy felt like a pro and went swimming in the pool. What happened to him was caused by his father,” Abakpa said. .

Apply the terms of reasonableness

Banking his argument on the terms of reasonableness, he said:

“If you’re in your own house as we speak and you have such a deep pool in your house, the first thing is to warn your children not to go near the pool. But this one, they have certified it as safe.

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“As far as I’m concerned, he drowned because any adult can drown too. His dad said he could swim. They didn’t conspire to kill the boy. So in this case , before criminal negligence can be established, the reasonable terms must be applied.

“In the eyes of a reasonable man, what this person has done; is that negligence? And you want to get a call and you’re with a child inside the house and you just away to come back and not find the child. From a reasonable point of view, can you be held guilty for this? I don’t think so. That’s my opinion.

Probability that the child slips away

Looking at the likelihood of a child sneaking into a swimming pool when left alone, Abakpa said such a likelihood is slim.

“Is it likely that when you leave a child of Ifeanyi’s age, he just runs to the pool to swim? If you ask him to sit there, he must obey and sit there. asked him to fetch water around the pool, and he fell into it.

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“As I comfort with the family, and I recognize that it can be painful to know that there is nothing more than to lose a child, that they comfort themselves and ask God to replace it for them.

“Actually, if I was Davido, no one would be in the cell after the boy died. You could order everyone released to keep your cool.

“But if someone should be charged for the death of Davido’s Ifeanyi, the father should also be charged because he exposed his child to a dangerous activity. It is against the child’s right to expose a 3-year-old to life-threatening activities.” . Technically, it happened like that.”‘

Ifeanyi’s Instagram page is deactivated, like Davido, Chioma remained silent

In another development, Davido and his baby mum Chioma, on their son’s 3rd birthday, created an Instagram account in his name.

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However, hours after reports of his death went viral in the media, Ifeanyi’s Instagram account has now been deactivated.

The page jointly run by Davido and Chioma had amassed more than 50,000 followers before Ifeanyi’s death.

Source: Legit.ng

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