Nigerian police have detained Afrobeats musician Naira Marley for interrogation in connection with the murder of another performer.
MohBad’s untimely death sparked an outpouring of sadness among his followers, who requested an inquiry.
Outrage was addressed towards Bob Marley, with whom he had a falling out after leaving the musician’s company, Marlian Records.
Marley, who had earlier denied any participation in MohBad’s death, stated that he had returned from abroad to help with the inquiry.
“It’s important that I do my part for Imole,” Marley remarked, referring to another name for MohBad.
“I’ll be meeting with the police with hopes for the truth to be uncovered and for justice to prevail,” he stated on X on Tuesday.
MohBad, 27, died last month at a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, but the cause of death remains unknown.
Last Monday, police said that they had taken concert promoter Sam Larry into prison and that he was cooperating them with their investigations. There were no more details provided.
MohBad’s true name was Ilerioluwa Aloba, and he was buried swiftly by his family a day after his death, causing alarm among his followers.
MohBad’s father, Joseph Aloba, informed local media that the family’s Yoruba ethnic group dictated the rapid burial.
According to Yoruba tradition, a deceased individual with surviving parents must be buried as soon as possible.
MohBad’s body was unearthed for an autopsy, but the results have yet to be revealed. On October 13, a coroner’s inquest will resume.
According to Lagos state police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin, Marley was brought into jail “for interrogation and other investigation activities” on Tuesday.
Last year, MohBad departed Marley’s Marlian Records music company, where he had been contracted for three years, and the two had a terrible feud.
Several tapes have surfaced since his death in which MohBad alleged that label employees had harassed and defrauded him out of royalties.
Marley called the charges “lies” and stated that he “had no hand in MohBad’s death, either directly or indirectly.”
Last week, a memorial concert to MohBad was performed at a park on Lagos’ Victoria Island, following which admirers marched to the Lekki toll gate to continue their vigil.
Many mourners donned white T-shirts and held candles or mobile phone torches aloft as they danced to the late artist’s songs, which were beloved for their streetwise, often obscene, lyrics and unique baritone voice.
On social media, the hashtag #justiceformohbad has been trending. Protests have taken place in towns across southern Nigeria, with his supporters demanding to know how he died, forcing the governor of Lagos state to launch an investigation with the country’s secret police.