Musicians File Rights Complaint Against Police and Magistrate, Seek Immediate Release
Nigerian musicians Naira Marley and Sam Larry, a prominent Lagos socialite, have taken legal action against the police and Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun over their alleged connection to the death of 27-year-old singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely known as Mohbad. The duo filed a basic rights complaint before the Federal High Court in Lagos, contesting their ongoing incarceration in connection with the case.
In the complaint, the police and Magistrate Olatunbosun, who ordered their remand in police custody for 21 days, have been named as defendants. Naira Marley and Sam Larry are seeking a declaration from the court that their continued detention at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command in Panti, Yaba, since October 4, 2023, violates their basic rights.
The legal action further requests the court to issue an order for the immediate release of the applicants. In affidavits accompanying their suits, deponents outlined the sequence of events leading to their arrest and subsequent remand.
“Their travails began between October 3 and 4, 2023, when they were apprehended by the police in connection with the death of Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad. On October 4, 2023, the Commissioner of Police sought an order in the Magistrates’ Court held at Yaba to remand them for 30 days. Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted the police application, ordering a remand for 21 days in the custody of the police. The 21-day remand order granted by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun has since lapsed on October 26, 2023, and the order has not been renewed,” the affidavits stated.
Naira Marley and Sam Larry’s legal challenge brings the case into the spotlight, raising questions about the legality and duration of their detention in connection with Mohbad’s death. The Federal High Court in Lagos is now tasked with examining the merits of their complaint and determining the appropriate course of action.
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