By Seyi Odewale
Following the directive of Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Police Command yesterday exhumed the body of the late 27-year-old pop singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, for autopsy. It was done with the help of some health officials in Ikorodu part of Lagos where the late singer was buried.
In a statement posted via his X (formerly known as Twitter) page, Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that the singer’s body had been exhumed to further help the police in the investigation. “Exhumation completed. Autopsy to commence. #JusticeForMohad #Justice4Mohbad,” he posted.
The command on Monday, inaugurated a 13-man probe panel following the directive of Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Meanwhile, the mother of the late singer, Mrs Promise Aloba, has urged the Federal Government and Nigerians to help uncover the truth behind her son’s untimely death.
She made the call when Chairman, House Committee on Committee on Entertainment Economy, Sen. Elisha Abbo and Nollywood actresses, Tonto Dikeh and Iyabo Ojo, paid the family a condolence visit in Lagos yesterday.
Aloba, who spoke in Yoruba Language, alleged that Naira Marley, a singer, and the owner of Marlian Record label, was connected to her son’s death. She also called for assistance in investigating the matter further.
The 27-year-old late singer was formerly signed to Naira Marley’s Marlian Records and left the label in 2022.
According to Mrs Aloba, her late son had always complained of serious threat to his life by Naira Marley and some other individuals.
Mrs Aloba, who was in tears, said: “I know my son, he told me that Naira Marley usually threatened him. Please Nigerians help me to look for him; please have mercy on me; that is all you can do for me.
“I cannot singlehandedly fish him out. Also, he told me the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) gave him some water in a bottle to drink sometimes ago. Help me please.”
She added: “My son was always beaten. Even he was mentioning Sam Larry, I don’t know them. They enslaved my son. He was always telling me to guide him so he would not be killed, these were all he was saying until they finally killed him. Please help me.”
Speaking, Abbo assured Mohbad’s mother of protection and investigation into the circumstances surrounding his demise. He also pledged to spearhead the campaign for a Creative Economy Commission.
He said the Commission aims to address conflicts within the creative industry, including disputes related to record labels and artists’ contracts. “It will also help in preventing situations where individuals resort to self-help,” Abbo said.