CITIZENS COMPASS — The Chief Executive Officer of Marlian record label, Abdulazeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite, Samson Eletu popularly known as Sam Larry, have filed a fundamental rights suit to challenge their continued detention over the death of 27-year-old singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba popularly known as Mohbad.
The duo also joined as defendants the Nigeria Police Force and the Lagos magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun alleging that the magistrate ordered their remand in police custody for 21 days.
Naira Marley and Sam Larry are each demanding N20m damages from the defendants.
In the suit filed through their lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), they are urging the court to declare that the continued detention “at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti, Yaba, Lagos State since October 4, 2023,” constituted a violation of their rights.
They are seeking “an order of the court releasing the applicants forthwith.”
In the affidavits attached to their suits, deponents said, “Their travails started between October 3 and 4, 2023 when they were arrested by the police on the alleged connection of the applicants with the death of one Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad.
“On the 4th day of October 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 to remand them for only 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.”