YOUTHS in their hundreds marched peacefully in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, yesterday to seek justice for the killing of Nigerian artist Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.
This occurred as Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu asked the state Police Command, in partnership with the Department of State Services, DSS, to probe the circumstances surrounding the music star’s death.
Similarly, Ekiti State Governor Biodun Oyebanji ordered the Nigeria Police Force to look into the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government has agreed to financially aid the family and Mohbad’s child.
Remember that Mohbad, a former signee of Marlian Records, owned by Azeez Faashola, better known as Naira Marley, died last week Tuesday at the age of 27, but the reason of his death has been a source of contention ever since.
Concerned locals, particularly young people, encouraged the appropriate authorities to achieve justice for the grieving family and the deceased.
Protesting youngsters who talked with journalists requested that the Nigeria Police arrest both Naira Marley and Sam Larry.
They dared Naira Marley and Sam Larry to come out of hiding and confront Nigerians over Mohbad’s killing.
They also urged that additional people involved in the singer’s killing be summoned for interrogation.
The youths, all in black T-shirts, began the rally from Panseke and went through Oke-Ilwo, Isale-Igbehin, Sapon to Ake with placards bearing various inscription such as ‘Justice for Mohbad’, ‘Government Must Arrest Naira Marley and Sam Larry”, Who killed Mohbad’, ‘No more Marlian’, ‘Sammy Larry must die’, ‘Imole must be avenged’, ‘Too young to go at 27’, amongst other messages.
One of the protesting youths said: We are here for Mohbad. We are here for Imole, and he’s a colleague and we all feel bad about his untimely death. And we hope and pray this is not the anniversary we want to do every minute, every year among us. So we are here to celebrate him. We are here to give him last respect. At the same time, we are here to make sure justice is being served because we want to know what’s behind his death. After all, we are not expecting him to leave so soon.”
Ibunkun Adedayo, another demonstrator, requested the government to undertake an inquiry and explain what happened to Nigerians.
“Adedayo said: “We are expecting a lot from the government, from the family and from the fans and people who choose to say I love Mohbad, I love Mohbad, I love his song. So what I’m expecting now is that I want everybody to have a clearer picture of what happened to Mohbad. We want justice to be done. If there’s anybody behind it or anybody who has a hand in his death, we want justice to be done peacefully.”
On his part, Ayo Michael said: “We are in pain. Mohbad must not die in vain. We want the government to arrest Naira Marley and Sam Larry. Let them fish them out from their hiding places.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other sister organisations were visible on the ground to prevent a breakdown of law and order.