17th November, 2023
By Moses Omorogieva
Police in Lagos State released musician and label owner, Azeez Fashola, (Naira Marley) and Samson Balogun (Sam Larry) from custody on Friday after meeting their bail conditions.
The duo had been in police custody over October’s mysterious death of rapper, musician and song writer, Ilerioluwa Aloba (Mohbad).
Police spokesman in Lagos State, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed their release in a statement he issued on Friday in Ikeja.
Naira Marley, Sam Larry and two others were arraigned before a Yaba Magistrate’s Court on Oct. 6, over their alleged involvement in the death of Mohbad and were remanded in police custody.
The court granted them bail on Nov. 6 in the sum of N20 million with three responsible sureties in like sum.
The magistrate, Mr Adeola Olatunbosun, ruled that the defendants should submit their passports and report weekly to the State’s Criminal Investigation Department at Panti, Yaba.
“Naira Marley and Sammy Larry, having met their bail conditions, have been released from custody,’’ Hundeyin stated.
Born in Lagos on Jan. 3, 1996, Mohbad died in mysterious circumstances on Sept. 12, 2023 and was buried the following day.
His death sparked nationwide protests making the Lagos State government to order the exhumation of the body for a coroner’s inquest.
Mohbad was said to have attended a concert in Ikorodu, Lagos State on Sept.10 where he sustained injuries in a fracas.
Among those the police questioned over his death were the late singer’s father, mother, sisters, brother, friends, wife and manager.
The police also invited a childhood friend of Mohbad, Ibrahim Owodunni (Primeboy) for questioning.
Police detained Naira Marley and Sam Larry over their alleged roles in the singer’s death as they were reported to have been bullying the rapper.
Mohbad was formerly signed to Naira Marley’s Marlian Records, but left the label in 2022.