Naira Marley Arrested In Connection With MohBad’s Demise

By Edem Latsu Nukafu

Nigerian police have put behind bars Afrobeats fireball Naira Marley for inquiring over the demise of a fellow one-time signee.

MohBad’s vague demise led to a massive outpouring of anguish among his enthusiasts, who called for a thorough inquiry.

Rage was directed at Marley, with whom he had been at loggerheads after he left Niara’’s label, Marlian Records.

Marley, who formerly refuted involvement in MohBad’s demise, said he had returned from abroad to assist with the inquiry.

“It’s important I do my part for Imole,” Marley expressed, directing to another name by which MohBad was known.

“I’ll be meeting with the police with hopes for the truth to be uncovered and for justice to prevail,” he summed up on X on Tuesday.

MohBad, 27, passed away at a hospital in the Nigerian city of Lagos last month but the cause of his demise is ambiguous.

A few days ago, police communicated they had taken music promoter Sam Larry into their custody, and he was assisting their inquiries. No further details were given.

MohBad, born Ilerioluwa Aloba, was rashly laid to rest by his family a day after his demise, raising concerns among his enthusiasts.

MohBad’s daddy Joseph Aloba divulged to local media that the hasty burial was counseled by the culture of the family’s Yoruba ethnic group. He counted that according to Yoruba custom, a departed individual with living parents has to be laid to rest quickly.

Police have dug up MohBad’s mortal remains for an autopsy, but the results have not yet been disclosed. A coroner’s inquest is due to resume on 13 October. Public Relations officer for Lagos state police Benjamin Hundeyin on Tuesday sounded that Marley had been arrested “for interrogation and other investigation activities”.

Marley and MohBad had a bitter fallout last year after MohBad quit Marley’s Marlian Records music label, where he had been signed for three years. Since his demise, several videos have emerged, in which MohBad quibbled that people from the label had victimized and cheated him out of his royalties.

Marley clarified the claims as “lies” and uttered that he did not “have a hand in the death of MohBad, either directly or indirectly”.

A show to pay homage to MohBad was carried in a park on Lagos’s Victoria Island last week, after which enthusiasts marched towards Lekki toll gate to proceed with their vigil.

Many of the grievers frayed white T-shirts and held candles or their mobile phone torches aloft as they danced to the songs of the late artist, loved for his streetwise, sometimes lewd, lyrics and distinctive baritone voice.

The hashtag #justiceformohbad has been trending on social media. March has been held in cities across southern Nigeria, with his enthusiasts wanting to know how he gave out – provoking the Lagos state governor to open an inquiry involving the country’s private police.

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