Naira Marley Detained For Questioning In Connection With MohBad’s Untimely Demise
In a surprising turn of events, Nigerian police have apprehended the well-known Afrobeats sensation, Naira Marley, for questioning regarding the mysterious passing of fellow singer, MohBad.
The sudden and enigmatic demise of MohBad sent shockwaves throughout the nation, sparking an outcry from his devoted fan base, who ardently called for a thorough investigation into the tragedy.
Blame and outrage swiftly fell upon Naira Marley, as it became widely known that tensions had escalated between the two artists following MohBad’s departure from Marlian Records, the music label owned by Marley.
Despite having previously denied any involvement in MohBad’s demise, Naira Marley recently returned to Nigeria from abroad, expressing his determination to cooperate fully with the investigative authorities.
“I believe it’s crucial for me to play my role for Imole,” Marley stated, using another name by which MohBad was affectionately known. “I intend to meet with the police and hope that the truth will emerge, and justice will be served,” he added during an interview on X earlier this week.
MohBad, a talented artist at the age of 27, passed away at a Lagos hospital last month, leaving many questions surrounding the circumstances of his death.
Just last week, the police revealed that music promoter Sam Larry was also taken into custody to assist with their inquiries, though no specific details were disclosed.
In accordance with the customs of their Yoruba ethnic group, MohBad’s family conducted a swift burial of the artist a day after his passing. It is customary in Yoruba culture to bury a deceased individual with living parents promptly.
An autopsy on MohBad’s remains has been conducted by the police, but the results have yet to be disclosed. A coroner’s inquest is scheduled to continue on October 13th.
Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesperson for the Lagos state police, confirmed on Tuesday that Naira Marley had been detained “for questioning and other investigative procedures.”
Naira Marley, a prominent figure in the Nigerian Afrobeats scene, garnered recognition from Apple Music last year, describing him as “an indispensable presence in Nigerian pop music.”
However, he has not been without controversy, having previously faced legal challenges. In 2020, he resolved an assault and car theft case out of court, vehemently denying the allegations.
The discord between Naira Marley and MohBad escalated last year when MohBad severed ties with Marlian Records, a label to which he had been signed for three years.
Since MohBad’s passing, several videos have emerged featuring him complaining about harassment and alleged financial discrepancies related to his royalties within the label.
Marley swiftly refuted these allegations, deeming them “false” and asserting that he had no part in MohBad’s death, either directly or indirectly.
A commemorative concert in honor of MohBad took place in a park on Lagos’s Victoria Island two weeks ago, followed by a vigil at Lekki toll gate, where fans expressed their grief.
Many mourners donned white T-shirts and illuminated the night with candles or their mobile phone torches while dancing to the late artist’s songs. MohBad was adored for his streetwise lyrics, occasionally racy content, and distinctive baritone voice.
The hashtag #justiceformohbad has trended extensively on social media, accompanied by protests in various cities across southern Nigeria. The governor of Lagos state initiated an inquiry involving the country’s secret police to address the pressing questions surrounding MohBad’s untimely departure.