•Traditional ruler, Olawepo-Hashim call for justice
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo and Folalumi Alaran in Abuja
Following the circumstances surrounding the death of a popular hip hop artist, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, thousands of youths yesterday, stormed the city of Osogbo, capital of Osun State to protest the mysterious death of the young musician.
The youths who gathered in their numbers at the Nelson Mandela freedom park, Osogbo, wore black dresses and carried placards with various inscriptions such as: “#JusticeforMohbad, “#WhoOffLight”, “#FG must act now,” among others, urged President Bola Tinubu and the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun to fish out the killers of the deceased with three days.
Speaking at the protest ground, One of the conveners, Olusayo Ogunleye, said they embarked on the peaceful protest to demand justice for their brother, ‘mohbad,’ whom they believed there was more to his death.
Ogunleye. urged the concerned authorities to look into the circumstances surrounding his death with three days.
“We are here to seek justice for our brother, Mohbad. Whoever had hands in his death must be apprehended and punished. We want justice for the deceased. We are here to demand for justice for our brother. We are giving the federal government and the Nigerian Police three days to fish out the killer(s).
Echoing similar views, Fisayo Aderemi called on the government to carry out thorough investigation into the death of Mohbad.
She asked the federal government to also look into the hospital where the artist gave up the ghost and set up committee to look into Marlian records and fish out the culprits as well.
“We want the federal government to look into the hospital where ‘mohbad’ died we want them to also look into marlian record he has a deep reason to be called upon for interview. “
Mohbad, a former signee of Marlian Records owned by Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley died last week at the age of 27.
Many unfounded reports making rounds on social media accused Naira Marley for his alleged involvement in Mohbad’s death.
Meanwhile, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Adewale Akanbi, has described the death of the hip-hop artist as colossal loss to the entire Yorubaland.
The Oluwo, who commiserated with the family of deceased urged the lovers of late hop hop artist to remain calm, assuring them that ‘Mohbad’ would get justice.
He made this known in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Alli Ibrahim, and made available to journalists in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
He however, asked the youths who have been embarking on a peaceful protest over the circumstances that surround his death to go back home warning that the protest might have been hijacked by the hoodlums
“The demise of the rising artist, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba popularly called Mohbad was a colossal loss to Yorubaland, Nigeria and the world at large. I commiserate with his immediate family and the entertainment industry.
“While calling on the government to ensure justice prevails on the circumstances surrounding his death, I appeal to the protesting youth to be calm, civil in their conduct and public demonstration.
“The ardent lovers of Mohbad are enjoined to leave the street and go home. The protest may be hijacked by hoodlums if not properly managed.
“Stakeholders are already working to ensure justice for Mohbad. The youth should cooperate with the government by conducting themselves in a peaceful manner.
“Once again, may the soul of the departed Mohbad rest in peace.”
Relatedly, a former presidential candidate and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, yesterday, called on the Police to do “justice to the memory and spirit of late rising music star, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba popularly known as Mohbad, by doing a thorough investigation of his demise, and ensuring that the culprits for the crime if any, do not escape the law.”
In a statement from his media office in Abuja, Olawepo-Hashim, explained that the death of the young man has again highlighted the terror that the grip of the underworld on the streets inflicts on the society.
According to the Global oil executive, “I deeply sympathise with those who truly love this fallen star, who tragically is becoming louder in death than in life. He has become a “Martyr” of a cause in a unique way.”
He added that, “the death of the rising music star, Mohbad in very suspicious circumstances must be an occasion to free the society from the grip of the underworld.
“As a father who has a son in Arts and Music, two years older than Mohbad, I am worried and concerned about the grip of cult leaders, on some aspects of our musical lives and entertainment as well as the control of drug lords.
“The Mohbad saga has also further highlighted the dark side of entertainment financing in the absence of a well-structured and disciplined support system for budding talents especially from poor homes.”
He further stressed that, “at the root of the exploitation of talented young people is the weapon of poverty manipulated by rich but rough and wicked. It is time to end this evil!”
Olawepo-Hashim, therefore appealed to those in charge of security in Nigeria, “to allow and protect those who are pained by this sad occurrence and who want to peacefully embark on processions and vigils.
“Organised violence by malevolent forces should not be an excuse to deny those who are peacefully seeking justice for Mohbad the right to do so!”
The Police authorities, he said, “must ensure above all, that Mohbad gets justice in death!”