In a recent development surrounding the tragic death of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, Nigerian rapper Naira Marley has expressed his willingness to cooperate with authorities investigating the case. However, he has requested that his safety be guaranteed by the security agencies before he turns himself in.
The controversy began when allegations emerged linking Naira Marley to the death of his former signee, Mohbad. It was claimed that the rapper had sponsored hoodlums to bully and threaten Mohbad after he controversially exited his record label, Marlian Music, in 2022. These allegations prompted calls for Naira Marley to be investigated.
During an interview with renowned author and activist Reno Omokri, Naira Marley clarified his stance on the matter. He revealed that he had been out of the country since August 31, 2023, and only learned about Mohbad’s death through social media. Expressing shock and disbelief, Naira Marley emphasized that he had no involvement in the tragic incident.
Addressing the accusations, Naira Marley stated, “If you’re blaming me, how did I kill him? I have nothing to do with his death or whatsoever. I was so hurt when I heard that. I’ve nothing whatsoever to do with his death.” He further explained that Mohbad had left Marlian Music in 2022 and had been working with a PR firm since then, dispelling rumors that he had hindered Mohbad’s career.
Despite his willingness to cooperate, Naira Marley expressed concerns about his safety. He asserted that he would only return to Nigeria to answer questions if the police could guarantee his protection. Denying any involvement with cults, he stated, “I don’t belong to any cult. I don’t know what a cult is. I have been running away from all these people. I’m actually anti-cult.”
The police have launched an investigation into Mohbad’s demise, and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has invited the Department of State Services (DSS) to join the investigation. The involvement of the DSS highlights the seriousness of the case and underscores the need for a thorough and impartial inquiry.
Naira Marley’s demand for safety assurance reflects the challenges faced by public figures in Nigeria when dealing with law enforcement agencies. The issue of security has become a significant concern, with several high-profile individuals expressing fears for their safety during legal proceedings. Naira Marley’s request highlights the need for fair treatment and protection for all individuals involved in legal matters.
As the investigation unfolds, it is crucial for the authorities to conduct a thorough inquiry, ensuring transparency and fairness. The truth behind Mohbad’s death needs to be uncovered, and justice must be served. It is also essential for the public to refrain from jumping to conclusions and spreading baseless rumors, as this can hinder the progress of the investigation and tarnish the reputation of innocent individuals.
Naira Marley’s willingness to cooperate with the investigation into Mohbad’s death is a positive step towards finding the truth. However, his request for safety assurance highlights the need for a fair and secure environment for all parties involved. The police, along with the Department of State Services, must ensure a thorough and unbiased investigation, ultimately bringing justice to the late Mohbad and providing closure to his family and loved ones.