Singer Naira Marley has denied all allegations linking him and his record label: Marlian Music to the death of singer Mohbad.
In a statement via Instagram, Naira Marley said that he was shocked by the allegations against him.
He insisted that he had no hand in the death of 27-year-old Mohbad.
It read: “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.”
Naira Marley said that he would be returning to Nigeria to assist the police investigating Mohbad’s death.
“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.”
Naira Marley denied that he is a “drug lord” saying that Marlian Music is not a “drug cartel, cult or fraternity.
“For the avoidance of doubt I have never instructed anyone, friend, known associates or fans to attack, bully or harass Mohbad. With regards to the talent on the label, none of our artists ever fought or mistreated Mohbad.”
Naira Marley expressed his condolences to Mohbad’s family, saying that he would honour his memory.
Mohbad died on Tuesday, September 12, leaving behind his wife, his five-month-old son and his parents.
Naira Marley, who has been at the centre of the controversy, had a misunderstanding with Mohbad in 2022 which forced the latter out of Marlian Music.