The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has denied poisoning singer Mohbad, also known as Ilerioluwa Aloba, while in their custody.
The agency made this clarification in response to the controversy surrounding the artist’s death.
Mohbad’s death, which occurred last Tuesday under unclear circumstances, led to accusations from some Nigerians that the NDLEA was responsible for poisoning him during his alleged arrest and detention.
A video also surfaced showing the late musician in extreme pain and crying on a hospital bed.
In the video, MohBad claimed that he was given a liquid substance to drink while in NDLEA custody and that agency personnel had physically assaulted him with a gun before releasing him.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, has refuted these claims, stating that MohBad was never arrested or detained by the agency.
Babafemi added that the deceased was not among the Marlian Music artists arrested by the NDLEA in 2022, contrary to widespread speculation.
Babafemi also shared a link by an online platform chronicling the arrest of six people, two females, and four males, in the persons of Oniyide Azeez (Zinoleesky), Owoeye Michael and Abimbola Ogbe.
Others are Dominica Chinwe, Olaolohun Shubomi Mariam, and Ibrahim Alawo.
“This is an authentic account of the arrest and detention of some Malian artistes in Feb 2022, an incident that has now been twisted by purveyors of fake news to say Mohbad was poisoned or detained by the agency,” Babafemi tweeted.
“I hope, they’ll be bold enough to defend their claims when the hand of the law catches them.”
…/2 …detained by the agency. I hope they’ll be bold enough to defend their claims when the hand of the law catches them
— Femi Babafemi (@FemiBabafemi) September 16, 2023