The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has debunked reports that the late singer Oladimeji Aloba aka Mohbad was poisoned in its custody.
This comes after a video of the deceased surfaced online, showing him weeping in a hospital.
In the video, Mohbad claimed he was harassed and given a strange substance to drink in the custody of the NDLEA.
“I was made to drink a substance I knew nothing about, but every other person wasn’t given that same drink. They said I was always on drugs, I’ve always trusted them with my heart and that’s why they were able to do this to me. I saved Zinoleesky but they pointed a gun on my head! The same Zinoleesky now snitched on me and did me dirty. Heavenly father is my witness, I can’t lie against them,” he said in Yoruba.
In reaction, NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said via X on Saturday night that the deceased was not one of the Marlian Music acts arrested by the agency in 2022, as speculated by many.
He added that this makes it impossible for MohBad to have been poisoned in their custody.
Mr Babafemi shared a link by an online news platform which detailed the arrest of six people, two females, and four males, in the persons of Oniyide Azeez (Zinoleesky), Owoeye Michael (m) and Abimbola Ogbe (m).
Others are Dominica Chinwe (f), Olaolohun Shubomi Mariam (f), and Ibrahim Alawo (m).
“This is an authentic account of the arrest and detention of some Malian artistes in Feb 2022, an incident that has now been twisted by purveyors of fake news to say Mohbad was poisoned or detained by the agency.
“I hope, they’ll be bold enough to defend their claims when the hand of the law catches them,” Babafemi tweeted.
Mohbad was confirmed dead by his family through a statement last Tuesday.
He was laid to rest on Wednesday in Ikorodu, Lagos.
On Thursday, the police released a statement, saying they would probe the death of the ‘Feel Good’ singer after his petition against Sam Larry, an associate of Naira Marley, over alleged assault surfaced on social media.