Senator Ishaku Abbo, representing Adamawa State North Senatorial District, has pledged that individuals implicated in the police investigation concerning the passing of Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely recognized as Mohbad, will face prosecution.
Mohbad, a former artist signed under Afeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, within the Marlians record label, tragically passed away on September 12, 2023.
Senator Abbo, who also serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Entertainment Economy, paid a condolence visit to the late artist’s family, accompanied by Nollywood actresses Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dikeh.
During the visit, Senator Abbo affirmed that the Senate would scrutinize the circumstances surrounding the artist’s demise. He also committed to spearheading an advocacy campaign for the establishment of a Creative Economy Commission.
Additionally, Senator Abbo disclosed that the Senate had passed a Bill that had undergone a third reading. This Bill, supported by the presidency, aims to create funds to support victims of various instances, such as those affected by the EndSARS protests, victims of violence, or extremism.
Senator Abbo stated, “I’m here to console the family. When we heard of your son’s death and the controversies that appeared on social media, we felt it was important that we come here to console your family.”
He emphasized that no one is exempt from the law and noted that the Acting Inspector General of Police had initiated an investigation into the matter. The senator assured that the Nigeria Police would prosecute anyone found culpable in the late artist’s death.
Senator Abbo stressed the importance of equality and encouraged the grieving mother not to fear any form of intimidation. “No man should live in fear. We are all free people,” he affirmed.
Furthermore, he highlighted the public’s demand for a commission within the creative industry, where disputes between record labels and their signees could be resolved.
Earlier on the same day, the Lagos State Police Command confirmed the exhumation of the late singer’s remains and the arrest of the nurse who administered an injection to the deceased singer.