Mohbad, Naira Marley, and Sam Larry have filed a lawsuit against a magistrate and the police, seeking N40m in damages.

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Busy Bee October 31, 2023
Updated 2023/10/31 at 12:19 PM

Nigerian singer Abdulazeez Fashola, known as Naira Marley, and his associate Samson Eletu, also known as Sam Larry, have taken legal action against the police and Lagos magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun. The pair have filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking N20m in damages for their prolonged detention in connection with the alleged conspiracy and murder of singer Mohbad.

The magistrate had previously ordered their remand in police custody for 21 days, alongside two other suspects, Ogedengbe Fisayo and Ayobami Sadiq. Mr Olalekan Ojo, their lawyer, has filed a suit requesting the court to declare that their rights have been violated due to their continued detention at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command in Panti, Yaba, Lagos State since October 4, 2023. They are also seeking a court order for their immediate release.

According to the affidavits attached to their lawsuits, the deponents explained that their troubles began between October 3 and 4, 2023, when they were arrested by the police due to their alleged involvement in the death of a person named Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.

On October 4, 2023, the Commissioner of Police requested an order from the Magistrates’ Court in Yaba to detain them for 30 days.

Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun approved the police’s request to detain them for only 21 days in police custody. This 21-day detention order given by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun expired on October 26, 2023, and has not been renewed.

On Monday, the ongoing trial of Naira Marley, who is facing cybercrime charges, was further adjourned by a Federal High Court in Lagos. Due to Naira Marley’s absence from the court, Justice Nicholas Oweibo decided to adjourn the case.

The singer is being prosecuted by the EFCC for alleged cybercrime activities that occurred between November 26, 2018, and December 11, 2018, as well as on May 10, 2019. The EFCC claims that Naira Marley and his accomplices conspired to defraud their victims using various Access Bank ATM cards.

Specifically, the defendant is accused of utilizing someone else’s bank credit card to gain fraudulent financial benefits. As a result, the court has scheduled the continuation of the trial for November 13 and November 30.

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