Leader of Marlian Music, Azeez Fashola, known as Naira Marley, has denied any involvement in the death of his former signee, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, aka Mohbad.
Marley made this known via a statement that was released by his management team on his Instagram page on Tuesday.
According to him, he his shock and grief over Mohbad’s untimely death. And refuted accusations and threats against him and stated that he had no hand in the incident.
Naira Marley also mentioned his plans to return to Nigeria to assist with the ongoing investigation. He emphasized that he is innocent of the allegations and his willingness to cooperate with authorities.
The ‘Soapy’ hitmaker extended condolences to Mohbad’s family and called for supporting the police in their investigation.
Marley also dismissed allegations that Marlian Music is a drug cartel.
The statement partly read; “All manner of stories has been woven against me in respect of his untimely death. I have not only been in shock over the death of the deceased whom I considered to be my brother and member of our music family, but over the various lies spread and threats against me.
“Before I progress further, let me say that as it is traumatic for a lot of people to bear the reality of lleri’s death, so it is to me.
“May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace and may God grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
”Permit me to categorically state that I have no hand in the death of llerioluwa, either directly or indirectly. It is not unusual in the industry, just like in several other industries to have family friction, even amongst blood relatives.
“Truly, we had our own share of misunderstandings whilst working together, but the disagreement between us was never to the extent being painted by some hirelings. It never degenerated to the extent of wishing each other death. Even at that, we were resolving our business disputes legally before he had passed. I have chosen not to say anything since due to being distraught over his death and in order not to jeopardize the investigation being carried out by the government agencies.
“In addition, I have been out of the country since the 31st of August, 2023 and I’m yet to return. In light of the police invitation, I am making arrangements to return to the country to assist the investigation and give my version of the events. I am fully cooperating with the Police team and I certainly have no reason to be a fugitive when I have no hand in his death. I am certain that the culprit behind his death and has a vendetta against me and are fueling public opinions to have me lynched for reasons known to them.
“In due time the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death will be unveiled and the world will know the truth.
“This kind of scenario of attempting to set someone up is not novel in the industry as other great musicians have experienced the same and came out better and stronger. Mine will not be an exception as I am innocent of the accusations.’”
The singer also revealed that Mohbad had left the Marlian Music since September 2022, and the move was well-accepted by the label.
The statement continued: “Mohbad left the label in September 2022, the label accepted his departure. Marlian Music did not stop or interfere with his career or releases since and he has been with oneRPM. Legal efforts were made to reconcile his concerns regarding the work we had done together.”
He further clarified that the allegation that Marlian Music being a drug cartel is untrue, and he does not belong to any cult gang.
“The rumors regarding the label being a drug cartel are untrue. I am not a drug lord, neither do I (Naira) Marley belong to any cult or fraternity,” he said. “I’m dedicated to proving my innocence and I’m cooperating with the authorities to clear my name with sufficient evidence.
“Marlian Music is an independent label run by a small intimate team. We run a legitimate label that focuses on championing exceptional talent, breaking new acts and nurturing them. I will like to clearly state that I have never fought or attacked Mohbad. For the avoidance of doubt I have never instructed anyone, friend, known associates or fans to attack, bully or harass
“I share my deepest condolences to the family. Let’s be mindful as we seek justice to focus on supporting the police and authorities with relevant information and evidence surrounding his death so that those responsible will be apprehended. I am positive that at the end of the day. the truth will prevail and I shall be exonerated.”
He revealed that his lawyers are already working with the authority and will continue to do so until justice is done.
He said: “My lawyers are already in touch with the police and government agencies and will support in every way necessary.
“Without a doubt I will honor his memory and I promise to do right by him and his family. Thank you.”
Naira Marley has become the primary suspects since Mohbad’s death, and this was because, the duo had an encounter before they went their separate ways.
Aside from Naira Marley, the other suspects has been his closest pal Samson Balogun better known as Sam Larry, as series of videos have shown how he physically assaulted and bullied the late singer before his demise.
All Legit News had reported earlier that Perez Medcare Hospital clarified that the late singer was brought in dead, dismissing reports that he was injected by a nurse while in the facility.