Naira Marley, Sam Larry held for alleged cyberbullying, assault against Mohbad — Police

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Police in Lagos have said that singer Naira Marley and socialite Sam Larry are being held for alleged cyberbullying, threats to life, and assault resulting in harm to the deceased singer Oladimeji Aloba, also known as Mohbad.

Commissioner of police (CP) Idowu Owohunwa made this known at a press conference on Friday.

He said a total of 26 witnesses have been interviewed and among them are Mohbad’s father, mother, sisters, brother, wife and manager.

Owohunwa stated that although Naira Marley and Sam Larry debunked allegations of criminal liability in the death of Mohbad and pleaded an alibi to justify not being complicit in the incidents that occurred from September 10 to 12, 2023, there are ample electronic and credible witnesses’ evidence linking them to cyberbullying, threat to life, assault occasioning harm.


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According to the CP, Sam Larry admitted that he had multiple physical confrontations with Mohbad to get him to refund N2 million that he claimed he paid to the late singer for a show which he said Mohbad did not attend.

Owohunwa said: “It was affirmed that sometime in 2019, the deceased was allegedly signed by Naira Marley into a record label known as Marlians Music Limited. Due to disagreement on terms of the contract, the deceased, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (a.ka. Mohbad) press for the revocation of his contractual relationship with Marlian Music Label, while also pushing to relieve his then manager who was a brother to Naira Marley.

“It was alleged that these moves irked the suspects, AbdulAzeez Adeshina Fashola (a.k.a. Naira Marley) ‘m’ and Samson Erinfolami Balogun (a.k.a. Sam Larry) ‘m’ who in consequence, allegedly on several occasions conspired, bullied, and assaulted the deceased.

“It was also asserted by some witnesses with corroborative video evidence that before his demise, Mohbad had raised the alarm that his life was being threatened. He was being bullied and assaulted by Naira Marley and Sam Larry.”

The police boss further disclosed that the reports of the autopsy are still being awaited.