Lagos witnessed a tense atmosphere on Thursday night in the Lekki vicinity as police officers fired teargas canisters at mourners who had gathered to pay tribute and demand justice for the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad. The candlelight procession, organized to honor the singer who tragically passed away, was attended by numerous fans, friends, and fellow musicians. However, what was meant to be a peaceful tribute quickly escalated into chaos when the police intervened to disperse the crowd.
The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with many questioning the police’s decision to use force on peaceful mourners. A tweet from a user named SERAH IBRAHIM read, “The Lagos State police always get scared and triggered when they see peaceful youths protesting. Why is the police being brutal with peaceful youths at Mohbad’s candlelight in Lekki Phase 1? What is the reason for this rascality?”
The Lagos State police always get scared and triggered when they see peaceful youths protesting.
Why is the police being brutal with peaceful youths at Mohbad’s candlelight in Lekki Phase 1?
— SERAH IBRAHIM (@TheSerahIbrahim) September 21, 2023
Reports suggest that several individuals were injured during the confrontation with law enforcement. Another Twitter user, Anomnézè, expressed his dismay, stating, “Police throwing teargas just after Mohbad’s candlelight in Lagos is crazy. This place is f’d up man. Very hopeless place.”
Mohbad’s untimely death has been a topic of concern and speculation. Accusations have been directed at the Marlian Record Label’s owner, Afeez Fashola, professionally known as Naira Marley. Furthermore, there have been various allegations and counter-allegations from distant relatives of the late singer concerning his estate shortly after his passing.
In response to the growing concerns and demands for clarity, both the Nigeria police and the Lagos police command have pledged to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death. Additionally, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has requested the Department of State Service (DSS) to participate in the investigation.
As fans and loved ones continue to mourn the loss of the talented artist, many are calling for transparency and justice in the ongoing investigations, hoping that the truth behind Mohbad’s tragic demise will come to light.