IN SHORT: While rumours continue to swirl after Mohbad’s death, two viral videos don’t show musician Naira Marley’s house being set alight as some kind of payback. The videos were shot long before the controversy erupted.
That’s the claim circulating on social media since mid-September 2023. It uses two different videos as evidence. One shows a house engulfed by flames at night. The other is a daytime aerial view of a fire on the roof of a house as firefighters scramble to put it out.
Mohbad, whose real name was Ilerioluwa Aloba, died suddenly on 12 September. He signed to Marley’s Marlian Music in 2019 but left the label in late 2022 amid a dispute that included the accusation that Marley had ordered his assault.
Soon after his death, rumours began on social media. People reportedly took to the streets demanding an investigation. Africa Check has debunked one claim that a video shows Nigeria’s state services department arresting Marley in connection with Mohbad’s death.
In a tribute to Mohbad, Marley called for a “thorough investigation” into his death.
Mohbad was buried on 13 September but his body was later exhumed for an autopsy.
But what do the two videos really show?
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Africa Check took screenshots of frames from the videos and ran them through a Google reverse image search.
The video can also be seen on YouTube, uploaded on 7 March.
The second video, of a fire on the roof of a house, is from Nigeria. But it first appeared online in early August, more than a month before Mohbad’s death.
Neither of the two videos shows musician Naira Marley’s house on fire in September, after the death of Mohbad.
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