Fidelis David in Akure
Protesters on Tuesday took over streets in Akure, the Ondo State capital, to protest the death of the late Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
This comes a day after the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Idowu Owohunwa, inaugurated a 13-man Special Investigation Team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the “Imole” crooner and Naira Marley’s former protege, who died on September 12, in Lagos.
The protesters, in their hundreds, took to the streets wearing black shirts in honour of the late singer as they chanted ‘Justice for Mohbad’.
Some bore placards with inscriptions such as “Say No to Marlian Music”, “Justice for Mohbad” and “We want a coroner’s inquest into Mohbad death”, amongst others.
The presence of security operatives comprising men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were also observed as the youths marched through NEPA, Arakale and Oba Adesida roads.
The protest caused heavy traffic across major routes in the town.
One of the protesters, Ajulo Sunday, said they are demanding that the person responsible for Mohbad’s death be held accountable.
He said: The untimely passing of Mohbad has shed light on the numerous issues within the music industry. His death should serve as a warning to other music record labels that promote bad behaviour.
“We want the police to deploy all forensic, technical and other vital assets that are relevant to the investigation of homicide cases of this nature towards supporting their investigation process because we want justice for Mohbad.”
Also, Awolumate Iremide, while noting that Mohbad had filed a police petition against Sam Larry and others after he was assaulted during a video shoot with Zlatan Ibile, wondered why nothing was done until his demise.