The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, invited the Department of State Services (DSS) to join the state police command in investigating thoroughly the death of singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as MohBad.
This development came hours after the Lagos State Police Command set up a 13-man special investigation team to probe the late singer’s death.
MohBad, a former signee of Marlian Records owned by Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, died on Monday, September 11, 2023, at the age of 27.
The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear, but there have been reports that he may have been assaulted by some of his colleagues at the record label.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu said that he had invited the DSS to join the investigation in order to “unearth the truth.”
The governor also directed that all those who may have played any role whatsoever in any event leading to the death of MohBad be made to face the law after a thorough investigation.
The Need for a Thorough Investigation
The death of MohBad has sent shockwaves through the Nigerian music industry and beyond. Many fans and colleagues have taken to social media to express their grief and demand justice for the young singer.
It is important to note that MohBad’s death is not the first time that there have been allegations of violence and abuse within the Nigerian music industry. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases involving artists, record labels, and management teams.
The death of MohBad is a reminder that the Nigerian music industry is not immune to the challenges that face the country as a whole. The industry needs to come together to address the issues of violence and abuse, and to ensure that artists are able to work and perform in a safe environment.
The Role of the DSS in the Investigation
The DSS is a Nigerian intelligence agency that is responsible for domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism. The agency has a wide range of powers, including the power to arrest and detain suspects, and to conduct searches and seizures.
The involvement of the DSS in the investigation into MohBad’s death is a significant development. It suggests that the Nigerian government is taking the case seriously, and that it is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The DSS has a number of resources and capabilities that could be helpful in the investigation. For example, the agency has access to a network of informants, and it is skilled in conducting covert operations.
The DSS could also play a role in coordinating the investigation with other agencies, such as the police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The death of MohBad is a tragedy for the Nigerian music industry and for the country as a whole. It is important that the investigation into his death is thorough and impartial.
The involvement of the DSS in the investigation is a significant development. It suggests that the Nigerian government is taking the case seriously, and that it is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.
It is hoped that the investigation will shed light on the circumstances surrounding MohBad’s death, and that it will lead to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.
The death of MohBad is a reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and support. Many artists in the Nigerian music industry face a number of challenges, including pressure to succeed, financial difficulties, and personal problems.
It is important to remember that artists are human beings, and that they need support to deal with the challenges that they face. The Nigerian music industry needs to create a more supportive environment for artists, and to ensure that they have access to the resources and services that they need to maintain their mental health.
The death of MohBad is also a reminder of the need for the Nigerian government to invest in the Nigerian music industry. The industry has the potential to create jobs and generate revenue for the country. However, the industry is facing a number of challenges, including piracy, lack of infrastructure, and government regulation.
The Nigerian government can support the industry by investing in infrastructure, providing financial incentives, and reducing regulatory burdens. This will help the industry to grow and thrive, and it will create more opportunities for Nigerian artists.