Naira Marley, Sam Larry sue Police, seek N40m Damages

Mohbad, Naira Marley and Sam Larry

Naira Marley, whose real name is Abdulazeez Fashola, and Sam Larry, also known as Samson Eletu, have initiated legal action by filing a fundamental rights lawsuit in response to their prolonged detention in connection with the unfortunate passing of Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad, a 27-year-old singer.

This lawsuit, which was presented before the Federal High Court in Lagos, lists the police and Lagos magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun as defendants due to their involvement in ordering the detention for 21 days.

In their legal action, both Naira Marley and Sam Larry are individually seeking compensation in the amount of N20 million from the defendants. Their primary argument revolves around the claim that their continued detention at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, since October 4, 2023, represents a violation of their fundamental rights.

They are petitioning the court to issue an order for their immediate release. The deponents in their affidavits reveal that their ordeal began between October 3 and 4, 2023, when they were arrested by the police on suspicion of their involvement in the death of Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.

On October 4, 2023, the Commissioner of Police sought a remand order in the Magistrates’ Court, situated in Yaba, requesting a 30-day detention. Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted the police’s application, but for a shorter duration of 21 days in police custody.

It is important to note that the 21-day remand order issued by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun has now expired as of October 26, 2023, and has not been renewed.