19th September, 2023
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Hamzat on Tuesday led the state government’s delegation to visit the family of Ileri Oluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
With the deputy governor during the condolence visit are the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tayo Ayinde; Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mobolaji Ogunlende; Commisioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso and the Special Adviser on Tourism, Idris Aregbe.
The Deputy Governor once again assured the family that justice would be done on the demise of her son and that the Department of State Services (DSS) would join the police for a thorough investigation.
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Hamzat also announced the government would assist the family and that Mohbad’s child would be well taken care of.
Mohbad died on 12 September in mysterious manner at the age of 27, with controversies surrounding his death.
Earlier on Tuesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu invited the DSS to join the police to probe the death of the music star.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said the government had noted the developments that had followed the death of Mohbad.
“The Government commiserates with his family and fans. We feel the pains of losing such a talented and promising young man, who made a name for himself in a highly competitive industry. May The Almighty grant his soul rest and comfort his bereaved family and fans.
“Following Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive, the Police in Lagos State have launched a major investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the young star. A 19-man police panel has been asked to unravel the mystery of the musician’s death.
“Further to this and to boost the investigation, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has invited the Department of State Services (DSS) to join the investigation and widen the dragnet with inter-agency collaboration and use of best in class technology to unearth the truth,” Omotoso said.
The commissioner added that Sanwo-Olu has directed that all those who might have played any role whatsoever in any event leading to the death of Mohbad be made to face the law after a thorough investigation.
“Consequently, Department of State Services (DSS) has also joined the investigation so as to get justice for the youngster, his family and teeming fans.
“The Government pleads with all those who may have vital information that may assist the investigation process to avail the investigating team with such.
“Government also appeals to the investigating team to guarantee the confidentiality and protection of all witnesses who may come forward with vital information or indicative evidence that may assist the process,” he said.
According to Omotoso, the government appealed to all friends and fans of the deceased to stay calm and refrain from making inflammatory utterances and reaching prejudicial conclusions on this matter, saying that staying calm and following the process keenly would be the most solemn tribute to the memory of the departed talent.
“Besides, the grieving family should be allowed to mourn their loss in peace. It is, indeed, a difficult time for us all – the government, the family and Mohbad’s fans. Any action that can aggravate the grief should be avoided. The Police and the DSS have been admonished to brief the public on their efforts periodically,” he stated.