Nigerian musician Naira Marley, who is also the owner of Marlian Record label, has announced his intention to return to Nigeria in order to comply with a police invitation.
This invitation is related to the ongoing investigation into the tragic death of singer Mohbad, who was previously signed to Marlian Records. Mohbad’s death occurred under controversial circumstances on September 12, 2023.
In the wake of this incident, there have been allegations against Naira Marley and his associate, Sam Larry, suggesting their involvement in Mohbad’s sudden demise.
These allegations stem from the emergence of documents and videos on the internet, which appear to show the duo subjecting Mohbad to bullying for leaving the record label. To address these allegations and the investigation, the Nigeria Police Force established a special investigative team on September 18th.
Speaking in a statement on his official Instagram page on Tuesday evening, Naira Marley said, “In light of the police invitation, I am making arrangements to return to the country to assist the investigation and give my version of the events.
“In addition, I have been out of Nigeria since the August 31, 2023, and I’m yet to return.
“In the last few days, there has been a lot of onslaught on my person and reputation globally over the death of my former signee. All manner of stories have been woven against me in respect of his untimely death.
“Before I progress further, let me say that, as it is traumatic for a lot of people to bear the reality of Ileri’s death, so it is to me. May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace and may God grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Permit me to categorically state that I have no hand in the death of Ilerioluwa, either directly or indirectly.
“I am fully cooperating with the police team and I certainly have no reason to be a fugitive when I have no hand in his death. In due time the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death will be unveiled and the world will know the truth.
“Mohbad left the label in September 2022, the label accepted his departure. Marlian Music did not stop or interfere with his career or releases since and he has been with one RPM [sic]..
“The rumours regarding the label being a drug cartel are untrue. I am not a drug lord, neither do I 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.”
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