Popular singer, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for interrogation over the death of singer Ilerioluwa Promise, known as Mohbad.
This was made known by the spokesperson of the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, on his X handle Tuesday night.
He said, “Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has been taken into custody for interrogation and other investigation activities…#justice4Mohbad #justiceforMohbad.”
Earlier, the Marlian Music boss announced via his verified X handle on Tuesday night that he had returned to Nigeria.
He tweeted, “I’d like to share that I’ve just arrived back in Lagos, Nigeria to assist the authorities with the ongoing investigation. It’s important I do my part for Imole. I’ll be meeting with the police with hopes for the truth to be uncovered and for justice to prevail.”
Naira Marley is one of the people suspected to have had issues with the late 27-year-old before his death.
Mohbad was affiliated with Naira Marley’s record label, Marlian Music, from which he departed in October 2022.
Apart from Naira Marley, the Lagos State Police Command had arrested a music promoter, Balogun Olamilekan Eletu, known as Sam Larry, who many accused of having a rift with Mohbad.
Police arrested him at the Murtala Muhammad Airport after he arrived in Nigeria from Nairobi, Kenya, at about 10 p.m. on September 28 and took him into custody.
However, Naira Marley and Sam Larry have sternly denied having a hand in Mohbad’s death.
In a statement shared by Naira Marley on Tuesday, September 26, through his official Instagram account, he said individuals had accused him of being responsible for Mohbad’s demise. He argued that, like everyone else, he had been shocked by the tragedy.
“In the last few days, there has been a lot of onslaught on my person and reputation globally over the death of my former signee. All manner of stories have been woven against me in respect of his untimely death.
“I have not only been in shock over the death of the deceased, whom I considered to be my brother and member of our music family, but over the various lies spread and threats against me.
“Before I progress further, let me say that as it is traumatic for a lot of people to bear the reality of lleri’s death, so it is to me. May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace, and may God grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”, he stated.
He also emphasized that while he had disagreements with the late singer, they never escalated to harbouring ill wishes towards anyone, and they were actively pursuing a legal resolution to their disputes.