Naira Marley, Sam Larry Sue Magistrate, Police, Demand N40m As Compensation

Controversial singer, Abdulazeez Fashola, known as Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite, Samson Eletu, alias Sam Larry, have taken legal action by filing a fundamental rights suit to challenge their ongoing detention in connection with the death of 27-year-old singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.

The suit was lodged with the Federal High Court in Lagos, and it includes the police and Lagos magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun, who ordered their 21-day remand in police custody, as defendants.

In their legal action, Naira Marley and Sam Larry are individually seeking N20 million in damages from the defendants. Their lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), is urging the court to declare that their continued detention in the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti, Yaba, since October 4, 2023, constitutes a violation of their rights. This lawsuit represents their effort to address the circumstances surrounding their detention and seek a resolution through the legal system.

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.”