Two artistes identified as Ajibawo Lawal and Sunday Akhigbe, were found dead around 7am in a studio where they performed all night at the Awolusi Bus stop in the Alagbado area of Lagos State.
According to reports, the artistes must have either died from drug overdose or fumes from a generator as residents who found the artists, brought out a generator and some hard drugs from the studio.
A resident said:
“Nobody came out from the studio while a generator was left working. So, neighbours became suspicious and broke into the building through the window. Apart from the dead artistes, they met two others in a terrible condition. We had to rush them to a private hospital. The police have taken over the case and we don’t know the state of the men in the hospital.”
However, police reports confirmed the incident, as the studio manager, identified as Muritala Azeez, was interrogated by the police after he was stabilised in the hospital.
The report said;
“We received a distress call from an anonymous caller that a crowd was seen converging on a studio at Alagbado where rumour had it that some persons died inside.
“Upon receipt of the information, police operatives went to the scene, which is Coded Music Recording Studio at Awolusi bus stop. Two artistes, Ajibawo Lawal, 37, and Sunday Akhigbe, 12, were met inside the studio dead.
“One Mr Bamidele Olajide, neighbour of the same address had earlier met Dare Obadina and Azeez in a critical condition. A search was conducted inside the studio and the generator, condoms, bread and food that the deceased vomited and substances suspected to be hard drugs, including Indian hemp were found in the studio.
Meanwhile, one Muritala Azeez, the owner of the studio, who is already in custody, admitted to having hired and kept them there and identified them as artistes who produce music for him. He further stated that he was with them physically on the previous night and later on the phone with them until 2am of September 3.”