Naira Marley, Sam Larry granted bail over Mohbad’s death

Nigerian singer and label boss, Abdulazeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite, Samson Eletu, better known as Sam Larry, have been granted bail by a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos State after the magistrate had ordered the remand of Naira Marley and Sam Larry in police custody for 21 days over the death of 27-year-old Nigerian singer Mohbad, who died earlier in September.

They, however, have to provide three sureties with a sum of N20 million (GH₵297,134.63) to process their release.

The magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun told the defendants to submit their passports and ordered that they are to report weekly to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti.

In her ruling, Olatunbosun stated: “As part of the bail conditions, the defendants are to surrender their passports and make weekly appearances at the State Criminal Investigation Department.”

The duo had filed a fundamental rights suit to challenge their continued detention over the death of Mohbad.

Joined as defendants in the suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos were the police and the Lagos magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun, who ordered their remand in police custody for 21 days.

Naira Marley and Sam Larry each demanded N20m damages from the defendants.

In the suit filed through their lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), they are urging the court to declare that the continued detention “at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti, Yaba, Lagos State since October 4, 2023,” constituted a violation of their rights.

It would be recalled that Naira Marely and Sam Larry had been arrested upon their return to the country after they were linked to the death of late singer, Mohbad.

A video which showed Sam Larry trying to assault Mohbad while he was on set spurred more speculation as to his alleged involvement in the death.

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