Ilerioluwa Aloba popularly known as Mohbad’s death is now being investigated, and the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Idowu Owohunwa, announced on Friday that 26 witnesses had testified against musician Azeez Fashola best known as Naira Marley and socialite Balogun Olamilekan Eletu, popularly known as Sam Larry.
According to Owohunwa, who spoke to the media at a conference in Ikeja, Mohbad was repeatedly harassed and attacked by the pair and their gangs after leaving Marlian Music Limited in October of last year.
The late singer left the Naira Marley-owned record label because she didn’t agree with the conditions of their deal.
In order to assist them in their investigation into the death of the 27-year-old musician last month, the police detained Naira Marley and Sam Larry during the course of the week.
The CP stated: “Many of the 26 witnesses claimed that Naira Marley, Sam Larry, and their gangs did in fact bully and assault the deceased on numerous occasions. It was confirmed that Naira Marley supposedly signed the deceased in 2019 to his record label, Marlian Music Limited.
‘‘Due to a disagreement in terms of the contract, the deceased pressed for the revocation of his contractual relationship with Marlian Music while also pushing to relieve his then manager who was a brother to Naira Marley.
‘‘It was alleged that these moves irked the suspects who in consequence allegedly severally conspired, bullied, and assaulted the deceased. It was also asserted by some witnesses with corroborative video evidence that before his demise, Mohbad had raised the alarm that his life was being threatened, that he was being bullied and assaulted by Naira Marley and Sam Larry.
“Upon their arrest, Naira Marley and Sam Larry denied allegations of complicity in the death of Mohbad by pleading an alibi that they were both out of the country when the incident occurred and were not in any manner involved in the chain of events that occasioned his eventual death between 10 and 12 September 2023.
“However, there is a preponderance of evidence, linking both Naira Marley and Sammy Larry to the allegation of threat to life, Cyberstalking, and sundry crimes committed against Mohbad in his lifetime and they are being held liable.”