Joseph Aloba, the father of the late artiste Mohbad, has revealed the circumstances surrounding his son’s death and the reasons for his swift burial, less than 24 hours after passing away. In an interview with BBC Yoruba, Mr. Aloba recounted the events of September 12, explaining that his son had died around 3:00 p.m. on that day, but he was not informed immediately.
According to him, when he arrived at Mohbad’s home around 10 p.m., he was met by a crowd of people. They attempted to file a report at the police station but were denied. When they tried to take Mohbad to the mortuary, they discovered there was no space available.
The grieving father couldn’t bear to see his lifeless son in their home, which played a role in their decision to bury him so quickly.
Mr. Aloba expressed his regret for their actions, clarifying that nobody loved his son more than he did. Mohbad, who was 27 years old, passed away on September 12 and was laid to rest the following day in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The artist’s death has been surrounded by controversies and conspiracy theories. Naira Marley, the CEO of Mohbad’s former label Marlian Records, and his associate Sam Larry have denied any involvement in the singer’s death but remain in police custody pending investigations.
Previously, Mohbad’s father had requested that people refrain from blaming Naira Marley for his son’s death, suggesting that the allegations against him might be baseless. In an online video, he appealed to Naira Marley to forgive his son.
In the BBC Yoruba interview, Mr. Aloba disclosed that he was unaware he was being recorded during that conversation. He also shared that his visit to Naira Marley’s home was the first time he had been there, and seeing his son eat with Naira Marley left him with a positive impression of the musician. However, Mohbad had warned his father that Naira Marley was not as good as he appeared to be.
Furthermore, Mr. Aloba alleged that Sam Larry, an associate of Naira Marley, had beaten his son, but Mohbad had not reported the incident to the police out of fear for his life. He emphasized the need for justice in his son’s case.