IN SHORT: Posts circulating on Facebook claim that Naira Marley and Sam Larry have been arrested over the death of Mohbad. But this is false information.
This claim follows controversial rumours on social media after the sudden death on 12 September 2023 of Nigerian singer Aloba Promise, better known as Mohbad.
Mohbad, 27, was signed to Marlian Records, owned by Marley, himself one of the country’s biggest stars, in 2019.
Mohbad left the label in 2022. He said in more than one Instagram live session that Marley should be held responsible for his death if anything ever happened to him. Marley has called for an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances of the death.
The death also shone a light on how musicians in the country are treated by labels including claims of bullying.
Has Marley been arrested and is it linked to Mohbad’s death?
Police deny reports of arrest
Mohbad was buried by his family the day after his death, fuelling widespread anger and suspicion about how he died. He has now been exhumed.
The spokesperson for the Lagos annex of the police’s criminal investigations department, Oluniyi Ogundeyi, told Punch: “The report is false; it is a lie; no one has been arrested. The police did not arrest Naira Marley or Sam Larry.”
However, at time of publication on 22 September, no arrests have been made.
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