LAGOS, Nigeria – Lagos State police on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 took into custody Marlian Records chief, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, over allegations surrounding the mysterious death of his former signee, Ilerioluwa Aloba, better known by his stage name Mohbad.
The unexpected death of Mohbad, who was only 27 years old, sent ripples through the music community. Naira Marley, who had been abroad, returned to Nigeria nearly two weeks after the tragic incident.
The reasons behind Mohbad’s untimely demise remain unclear, but the police are keen to uncover any potential links or involvement Naira Marley may have had.
He is not alone in facing the scrutiny of law enforcement. Sam Larry, a known associate of Naira Marley, is already in detention, with both expected to be questioned by a police investigative team dedicated to shedding light on the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death.
Details of the investigation remain under wraps, and it’s uncertain what evidence the police have that connects Naira Marley to the case.
Naira Marley Loses Half a Million Instagram Followers Amid Controversy Over Mohbad’s Death
In the aftermath of the controversial death of his former signee, Mohbad, Nigerian music artist Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, has lost more than 500,000 followers on Instagram.
The significant drop in followers comes after footage emerged showing Mohbad being harassed and assaulted allegedly by Naira Marley and his friends.
A Coordinated Departure
Prior to the controversy, Naira Marley had a strong social media presence, boasting 7.5 million followers on Instagram. However, the number plummeted to approximately 7 million in what appears to be a coordinated action by fans grieving Mohbad’s loss.
The dramatic drop in followership signifies a substantial blow to Naira Marley’s public image and potential commercial partnerships tied to his social media influence.
Lingering Questions, Awaiting Answers
Though no concrete evidence directly links Naira Marley to Mohbad’s death, the circulating video clips showing that Naira Marley unleashed a sustained campaign of violence, assault, and intimidation on MohBad, have fueled suspicion and public outcry.
Many fans are calling for a thorough investigation to bring clarity and justice to the situation.
Police Commence Investigation
On Monday, September 18, 2023, the Lagos State Police formally began their probe into Mohbad’s death. The initial phase of the investigation saw the deceased’s father, family members, and other witnesses meeting with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.
The department has yet to release details concerning the scope and direction of the investigation, but the commencement suggests that law enforcement is taking the public’s concerns seriously.
Public Sentiment Weighs Heavy
The controversy surrounding Mohbad’s death and the subsequent loss of followers for Naira Marley indicates the significant influence of public opinion, especially when shaped by social media.
In an era where news travels fast, public figures like Naira Marley often find their reputations hanging in the balance as they navigate controversies that unfold in real-time on platforms like Instagram.
With ongoing police investigations and a palpable sense of public demand for accountability, the coming weeks will be critical for both the grieving family of Mohbad and the embattled artist Naira Marley.