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Femi Falana demands Coroner’s Inquest into Mohbad’s death


Human rights advocate, Femi Falana, SAN, has formally called for a coroner’s inquest to investigate the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of the celebrated musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly recognized as Mohbad.

Mohbad, aged 27, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.

The cause of his death remains unknown and has sparked wild speculation on social media, particularly in light of viral videos showing the late singer being molested.

Before his tragic demise, Mohbad was associated with Marlian Records, a record label founded by Naira Marley. However, in 2022, it was reported that Mohbad had parted ways with the label.

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However, since his passing, revelations from colleagues, fans, and friends have shed light on various unconfirmed accounts, suggesting that the late artist may have faced alleged harassment and bullying from his former record label boss and associates leading to his death.

In response to his passing, the Lagos State Police has launched an official investigation, while concerned youths and music enthusiasts have taken to the streets in protest of his untimely demise.

In a formal letter addressed to the Chief Coroner of the High Court of Lagos State in Ikeja, Falana expressed deep concern about what he referred to as a “very tragic death.” He cited the Lagos State Coroner’s Law of 2007, specifically Section 15, which stipulates that an inquest should be conducted when a coroner becomes aware of a death within their district that results from violent, unnatural, or suspicious circumstances.

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The letter, dated September 18, 2023, and signed and shared on Instagram by Folakemi Falana on behalf of the law company Falana & Associates, highlighted the urgent need for an investigation into Mohbad’s death inside Lagos State.

The letter further read, “We hereby request Your Lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death in Lagos State, and we are confident that Your Lordship will accede to our request with utmost urgency.”

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If granted, the coroner has the power to summon witnesses, order autopsies, and review evidence. The findings of an inquest are made public and are expected to shed light on the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death.