The lawyer representing the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, Funmi Falana, is confident that justice will be done in the case, which seeks to unravel the circumstances behind the death of the late artiste.
Falana, who is a human rights activist and the founder of Women Empowerment and Legal Aids, added that the coroner’s inquest would do everything within its capacity to get to the root of Mohbad’s death.
Speaking in an interview with Saturday Beats, she said, “The sitting today was just a preliminary one to discuss the modalities and procedure, as well as how to go about it. It is just a corona’s inquest, and not a formal court hearing.
“The expectation is that justice will be served. We would get to the root of the cause of Mohbad’s death. That is the reason we are there, and we are fully confident that we would get justice.”
Meanwhile, October 13, 2023, has been fixed for witnesses in the case to appear at the inquest. However, journalists were barred from witnessing the proceedings, allegedly on the orders of the Chief Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias.
Falana, however, stated that the identities of the witnesses that would be presented before the court could not be revealed until they appeared before the court.
In a similar vein, Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed that Sam Larry, one of the individuals, wanted for questioning over Mohbad’s death had been arrested.
He wrote on X, “Balogun Eletu, aka Sam Larry, is now in our custody. He is currently assisting with ongoing investigation (sic).”
Several videos had circulated online showing Larry harassing and assaulting Mohbad on different occasions.
Hundeyin added that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, would soon give an update on the case.
Meanwhile, in an earlier interview with The PUNCH Newspaper, a police source who spoke on the grounds of anonymity, revealed that controversial Lagos socialite, Balogun Eletu, better known as Sam Larry was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Thursday, September 27, 2023.
On his part, Naira Marley, Mohbad former record label’s boss, stated that he was ready to return to Nigeria and cooperate with the police’s investigation on the condition that his safety would be guaranteed.
In an Instagram live session with Reno Omokri, the Marlian Music boss had said, “I am a hundred per cent ready to come for investigation, if they can guarantee my safety. There are a lot of angry mobs that have been poisoned by the media.”