June 6, 2024

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Youth protests continue nationwide over mysterious death of Afrobeat star MohBad

NIGERIANS, especially young people, have continued to march in cities and towns across the country, protesting the suspicious death of music star MohBad (his stage-name which translates, “I’m Bad”).
In Aba, Abia State, there were marches on Thursday and Friday.
MohBad, 27, died on September 12 in a hospital in Lagos after being admitted for an unknown illness.
Thousands of people marched across Nigeria through most of the week over Ilerioluwa Aloba, better known as MohBad.
According to a report by the news agency Associated Press, the Lagos police said his body was exhumed on Thursday in response to complaints about the unclear circumstances surrounding his death.
Protests were held in Lagos on Tuesday to demand justice for the pop star and they quickly spread across the country amid grief and several questions about what caused the death.
AP reports the police to have said they received complaints about MohBad’s death, leading to the setting up of a criminal investigations team to “aggregate all allegations, suspicions, and insinuations from various sources on the death of the singer.”
Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu says those behind the pop star’s death will be made to face the law after a thorough investigation.

Outrage directed at Naira Marley
“I also appeal to all friends and fans of the deceased to stay calm and refrain from making inflammatory utterances and reaching prejudicial conclusions on this matter,” Sanwo-Olu is reported as saying.
“Staying calm and following the process will be our most solemn tribute to the memory of the departed talent,” the governor added.
The death of the young artist has drawn people — and numbers — to his music. In one of his songs titled “Sorry”, the late star spoke about coming from a poor background and his struggles to earn a living through music.
In another, “Peace”, he spoke of himself as a “survivor … money chaser — faster than a bullet.”
On the platform X (formerly Twitter), #justiceformohbad has been trending since MohBad’s death. According to a report by BBC, some tributes suggested that MohBad was bullied within the music industry.
Outrage has been particularly directed at Naira Marley, MohBad’s former boss. The two had a feud following MohBad splitting up from Marlian Records last year. Marley himself has also called for a thorough investigation into MohBad’s death, the report added.