Lagos businessman, Asiwaju, accused of rape, allegedly attempts suicide, leaves note on Twitter

Lagos businessman Michael-Asiwaju

A businessman in Ojo, Lagos, Michael Asiwaju, popularly known as Mike Cash, has allegedly attempted suicide following several rape allegations against him, The Punch reports.

Mr Asiwaju is the founder of Asiwaju Royal Furniture.

He was said to have allegedly taken a poisonous substance suspected to be Sniper, and was met lifeless in his hotel room around 12am on January 13.

Punch reports that the father of one had checked into the hotel in the evening of January 12.

Shortly before the alleged act, he had expressed his intention via Twitter.

Goodbye I’ll die soon. (I) am gone,” he tweeted at 7.35pm on Saturday, January 12.

Asiwaju has over 25,000 followers on his Twitter account, @Asiwaju_limited.

The post was the last of several tweets posted on January 12 between 5.52pm and 7.35pm, in response to the allegations.

A Twitter user, @thatgoddess, had called out Asiwaju, noting that she had information about how he raped a woman inside his car. She, however, said facts about the allegation were still sketchy.

Later on, she posted a chat history between her and an unnamed woman, who claimed to have been raped by the young businessman sometime in May 2017.

In the chat history, the woman alleged that Asiwaju lured her into a hotel in FESTAC and forcefully slept with her.

Asiwaju replied that the women accusing him of rape were actually his girlfriends who he met on social media.

He posted pictures of two of the purported girlfriends, claiming that they had fun together sometime in 2017 at a club, where he spent N500,000.

Asiwaju alleged that his former business partner, one Blessing, was behind the blackmail.

He also said the saga claimed the life of his ailing mother after she read the post online, adding that the blackmail had destroyed his family.

The Punch further reports that Lagos police spokesperson, Chike Oti, confirmed the alleged attempted suicide, saying that two bottles of Sniper were recovered from the incident scene.

“We are investigating a possible case of suicide. We were alerted that a young man died in his hotel room and the Commissioner of Police was informed.

“He directed that the body should be evacuated and that a team of detectives comprising men from the forensic unit and men from the homicide section should investigate the matter.

“The body was inspected and there was no visible mark of violence on the corpse. Two bottles of Sniper, which we reasonably believed he must have drunk, was recovered from the hotel room.

“One of the bottles had been emptied while the other one was still unopened. The man checked into the hotel with the name, Prince Moses. Preliminary investigation revealed that the man was the owner of a business known as Asiwaju Royal Furniture,” Mr Oti was quoted to have said.

After news of Asiwaju’s alleged suicide went viral on Saturday, his brother, Dapo Asiwaju, wrote on Twitter, debunking the reports.

“My brother isn’t Dead, he’s in Coma. Y’all should please stop spreading False information,” he wrote.