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Popular Nigerian music promoter and socialite Sam Larry alive, contrary to social media claims

IN SHORT: Music promoter and socialite Balogun Eletu has had his fair share of bad publicity. But claims that he has died are false.

Music promoter Balogun Eletu is dead, according to a post published on Facebook in Nigeria on 18 February 2024.

Eletu is a socialite based in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital. He is known professionally as Sam Larry. He has a close relationship with Azeez Fashola, a singer and songwriter who performs professionally as Naira Marley.

In October 2023, Eletu and Fashola were taken into police custody over the controversial death of 27-year-old Afrobeats star Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad. Thousands later protested against Aloba's mysterious death.

The Lagos commissioner of police, Idowu Owohunwa, claims that evidence confirms that Fashola and Eletu assaulted the late singer.

Eletu has since denied having a hand in the death of Aloba.

One Facebook post reads: “Breaking News Sam Larry (Mohbad alleged K! ller) and family died in a motor accident.”

The message has been posted on X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Some X users celebrated the news of Eletu's alleged death. But has he died?


Fake news

On 18 February, Eletu posted an Instagram message denying claims of his death or that of any of his family members.

Parts of it read: I, Sam larry, want to use this platform to debunk the false information spreading online about my involvement in an accident.

“Despite the prevalence of fake news, please disregard any online claims about me. While some may seek to tarnish my reputation, I entrust them to God for judgment. To those spreading falsehoods, may your actions reflect back on you."

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