An Uber driver Sunday Michael, who was with the late former Big Brother Naija housemate, Patrick Fakoya, aka Rico Swavey, in his last moments, has said that the deceased was not drunk as insinuated by some persons.
Rico was involved in a fatal motor crash on October 11, and he died on October 13, 2022 in Lagos.
During a media parley on Thursday in Ikeja, Lagos State, friends and family of the deceased said that they want members of the public to be aware of the facts surrounding Rico’s death.
Michael said, “Rico was never drunk and I did not perceive any alcohol in his mouth while trying to help him. The road where he had the accident is dark and quite dangerous. If one is not conversant with that road, any driver can run into that pavement and have an accident.”
He also narrated how he rescued the former BBN housemate from the accident scene and the efforts he made to ensure the latter survived.
He said, “At about 12.30 am, I was driving down from Sangotedo to Ajah when the incident happened at Abraham Adesanya traffic light. This young man (Rico) drove past me and in less than five minutes, all we heard after he ran through the pavement was a heavy sound.
“I noticed no one came down from his car after and I had to help out. I broke through the windscreen to open the door and I saw him (Rico) bleeding from his nose and his mouth. I took him out after I removed the seatbelt. I felt sad and broken. Cars were passing and they did not help even after I had asked them to assist.
“After I carried him into my car, I took him to Doren Hospital, Ajah. We wasted about two hours there. Nobody called his phone which I took out from his car with his purse. Even when I removed his phone sim card to call, I could not get any number to call.
“The doctor said that an instant surgery needed to be done on him and they did not give him any injection apart from the drip. I was still there, scared. The doctor asked us to take him to either two hospitals that they mentioned. I pleaded with the doctors at Doren that Rico was already bleeding and that my car was filled with blood.
“I pleaded with them for an ambulance but they refused. They said that their ambulance is not working. I wondered why a standard hospital does not have a working ambulance. When I pleaded with them, they were nonchalant. I became scared because I was told Rico had 90 minutes to live. That was when I brought out my phone and did a video of it because this is Nigeria.
“If I had decided to take Rico out of Doren to Evacare hospital and he died in my car, it will be something else. So, I needed evidence for myself. By the time I was making the video, Rico was lying on a chair, he was not even given a bed to lay (comfortably) on. Still, on the chair, they gave him a drip, brought a ‘machine’ that looked like a straw, and put it in his mouth to suck out the blood from his mouth which was now becoming thick. He was not breathing well at this point and I was still begging the doctors. It took us two hours and yet no ambulance.
“When I realised that the doctors were not willing to help, I had to take him in my car to Evacare hospital. When I got there, he was rushed inside and carried on an emergency bed. I was outside waiting and in less than five minutes, the doctor that attended to him said I have to make a deposit of 4.2 million before he will be treated.
“I felt at this point, I have done what I was supposed to do and I should be on my way home. However, the doctor asked security not to let me go. He insisted that I pay the 4.2 million or carry Rico away from the hospital.
“Some minutes later, the doctor then said that he remembered who Rico was and that he is a celebrity. That was when he said Rico should be treated. At about 5 am that morning, somebody called Rico’s phone saying that he was his manager. I then went home and still kept in touch with Rico’s family. It was on Thursday morning (October 13) I was told he died.”
Davido in first public outing at Uncle Adeleke’s inauguration after son’s death
Music star, Davido, stepped out in what was his first public outing on Sunday forr the swearing-in ceremony of Ademola Adeleke, his uncle, as the governor of Osun State.
Isreal DMW, Davido’s aide, shared a post of his principal’s arrival at Ede, Osun for the inauguration via his Instagram page on Sunday.
He also accompanied the post with photos of the musician and some members of his team.
“Oga, no go ever minus. We outside #aadeleke_01 Osun State Governor,” he wrote in the terse post.
In July, Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured 403,371 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 375,027 votes.
The ex-lawmaker won 17 LGAs while the incumbent governor secured victory in 13 LGAs.
This will be the first time Davido would be appearing at a public function since the death of Ifeanyi, his only child with Chioma Rowland.
The three-year-old boy was said to have drowned in a swimming pool at his father’s residence in the Banana Island area of Lagos state.
Ifeanyi’s demise elicited a wave of mixed reactions on social media platforms, with many fans and celebrities paying tributes to the little boy.
Sammie Okposo didn’t slump, he died in his sleep — Management
Following the viral reports of how popular gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, died, his project manager Hillary Vincent, has denied that the singer slumped in his Lekki, Lagos, residence on Friday morning, November 25, 2022.
Many media outlets reported that after he allegedly slumped, he was rushed to the hospital, and was pronounced dead on arrival.
However, Vincent said, “It is not true that Sammie slumped and died. That report is false. At the right time, the family will set the records straight. But, I can tell you authoritatively that he did not slump. Rather, he just did not wake up from his sleep.
“As regards the funeral arrangements, the details will be made known by the family. But right now, they are still in grief and mourning the departed singer.
The singer was best known for songs such as Welu Welu, which was on his first album, Unconditional Love.
Na only You was another popular song which was contained in the album No More Drama. The album featured other gospel singers such as Kefee, Essence, Ige Samsong and Soji Isreal.
Another of his songs, Sing Hallelujah, was released in 2019, but it has continued to make waves, especially in gospel circles.
In 2020, he released Chukwu Ebube, a contemporary afrocentric worship that featured Micheal Stuckey.
Shortly before his death, he had held the Sammie Okposo Praise Party in Lagos on November 4, 2022. A day before his death, he had posted a throwback video of the concert on his Instagram page. In the video, he could be seen leading the congregation in an intense praise and worship session.
Meanwhile, tributes have not stopped pouring in for the singer. A veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, posted a video of both of them together. He added the caption, “This was exactly a month ago in the US. We spent two weeks together and fellowshipped as men. Ate, drank and, as I’m known to do, teased you. Toks or Jedi, would drive you to me and we would spend the entire day together.’’
BREAKING: Wellu Wellu crooner Sammie Okposis dead
Ace gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, is dead.
The singer, it was gathered, died on Friday morning at the age of 51.
His project manager, Hillary Vincent, confirmed the sad news.
Vincent said, “Yes it’s true. It happened this morning.”
He, however, declined further comments on the singer’s demise as he did not disclose the cause of the death.
However, unverified sources on the Internet stated that the singer slumped before he was pronounced dead.
The Wellu Wellu master, as he was fondly called, was an internationally-recignised music producer, psalmist, and CEO of Zamar Entertainment.
Sammie Okposo started his music career as a soundtrack producer for Nollywood in 1992. He was well-known at that time in the small circle of Nollywood actors and producers.
He later began to get more career flashpoints when he started the Sammie Okposo Praise Party, a platform that brought many up-and-coming Nigerian gospel artistes into the scene.
The Niger Delta-born music star was known for emboldening the gospel music scene by taking his music away from the quiet confines of the church.
He released his first album Addicted in 2004.
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