Funmi Falana, the lawyer representing the late singer Mohbad, whose real name was Ilerioluwa Aloba, expresses confidence that justice will prevail in the case aimed at uncovering the circumstances surrounding the artist’s death.
Falana, a human rights activist and founder of Women Empowerment and Legal Aids, stated that the coroner’s inquest is in progress and emphasized the commitment to thoroughly investigate Mohbad’s death. During an interview with Saturday Beats, she clarified that the recent session was preliminary, focusing on discussing the procedures and modalities for the investigation. She stressed the expectation that justice would be served and the determination to uncover the truth behind Mohbad’s demise.
Furthermore, the date for witnesses to appear in the inquest has been set for October 13, 2023. Journalists were reportedly prohibited from attending the proceedings by Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias, but Falana asserted that the identities of the witnesses would remain confidential until they testify in court.
Additionally, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, announced the arrest of Sam Larry, also known as Balogun Eletu, a person of interest in Mohbad’s death. Hundeyin stated that Sam Larry was in police custody, assisting with the ongoing investigation. He further mentioned that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, would provide updates on the case soon.
In a separate development, Naira Marley, Mohbad’s former record label boss, expressed his willingness to return to Nigeria and cooperate with the police investigation, provided his safety is ensured. During an Instagram live session with Reno Omokri, he stated his readiness for investigation but expressed concerns about potential threats due to media coverage.