Controversial musician Abdulazeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite Samson Eletu, aka Sam Larry, have taken legal action to challenge their prolonged detention in connection with the death of 27-year-old singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad. They have filed a fundamental rights suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, naming the police and Lagos magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun, who ordered their 21-day detention, as defendants.
In their lawsuit, Naira Marley and Sam Larry are each seeking N20 million in damages from the defendants. Through their lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), they have urged the court to recognize their continued detention at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command as a violation of their rights since October 4, 2023. They are requesting the court to issue an order for their immediate release.
According to affidavits submitted with their suits, they were arrested between October 3 and 4, 2023, in connection with the death of Mohbad. The Commissioner of Police sought a remand order in the Magistrates’ Court at Yaba, which was granted for 21 days by Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun. This 21-day remand order expired on October 26, 2023, and has not been renewed.