I'm not responsible for Mohbad's death - Naira Marley
Nigerian singer Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has vehemently denied any involvement in the tragic death of his former signee, Mohbad.
Mohbad, born Ilerioluwa Aloba passed away on September 12, 2023, and buried the following day in Ikorodu, Lagos per Yoruba customs.
However, since Mohbad’s death, Naira Marley has been forcefully accused with many calling for his arrest but the boss of Marlian Record label has denied his in involvement in the former’s death.
He admitted that just as happens in other industries, there were disagreements during their professional relationship, but they were in the process of legally resolving these disputes before Mohbad's untimely passing.
“I would like to clearly state that I have never fought or attacked Mohbad. For the avoidance of doubt, I have never instructed anyone, friend, known associates or fans to attack, bully or harass Mohbad. With regard to the talent on the label, none of our artists ever fought or mistreated Mohbad.
”Permit me to categorically state that I have no hand in the death of llerioluwa, either directly or indirectly. It is not unusual in the industry, just like in several other industries, to have family friction, even amongst blood relatives.
“I am certain that the culprit behind his death has a vendetta against me and is fueling public opinions to have me lynched for reasons known to them. In due time, the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death will be unveiled and the world will know the truth.
Addressing rumours about Marlian Music being involved in illicit activities, Naira Marley firmly denied any involvement in drug-related activities or affiliation with cults or fraternities. He portrayed Marlian Music as a legitimate and independent label dedicated to nurturing exceptional talent.
“The rumours regarding the label being a drug cartel are untrue. I am not a drug lord, neither do I Marley belong to any cult or fraternity. I’m dedicated to proving my innocence and I’m cooperating with the authorities to clear my name with sufficient evidence.
“Marlian Music is an independent label run by a small intimate team. We run a legitimate label that focuses on championing exceptional talent, breaking new acts and nurturing them.”
He added that his lawyers have been in contact with law enforcement agencies and are prepared to assist in every way necessary.
Read full statement below