Controversial musician, Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite, Sam Larry, have taken legal action by filing a fundamental rights suit to challenge their prolonged detention in connection with the death of the 27-year-old singer Mohbad, also known as Ilerioluwa Aloba.
They have named the police and the Lagos magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun, who ordered their 21-day detention, as defendants in their case. Both Naira Marley and Sam Larry are seeking N20 million in damages from the defendants. Through their lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), they are urging the court to declare that their continued detention at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command since October 4, 2023, constitutes a violation of their rights.
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In their affidavits, the deponents stated that their troubles began when they were arrested by the police on allegations related to the death of Ilerioluwa Aloba (Mohbad) between October 3 and 4, 2023. The Commissioner of Police sought an order in the Magistrates’ Court, Yaba, to remand them for 30 days on October 4, 2023, but Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted the police 21 days instead.
This 21-day remand order granted by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun has expired on October 26, 2023, and has not been renewed. The applicants are now seeking an order from the court for their immediate release.
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