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Mohbad: NDLEA denies arresting, detaining late singer

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has firmly denied any involvement in the arrest or detention of the late singer Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, better known as Mohbad, or providing him with any substances to drink, contrary to earlier allegations.

The controversy surrounding Mohbad’s arrest and subsequent death gained attention after a video of the late singer claiming mistreatment by law enforcement agents went viral.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, disclosed on Friday that the NDLEA was under investigation in connection with Mohbad’s death.

This investigation particularly focuses on a video that showed the singer being arrested by the agency.

In response to these allegations, the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, issued a statement reaffirming that the agency had already addressed the matter.

He clarified that the NDLEA had sent a formal response to the police on September 28, 2023, refuting the allegations.

Babafemi emphasized, “Indeed, to show the seriousness with which the Agency treated the issue, our formal response dated Thursday 28th September 2023 was sent by flight to Lagos, delivered and received by the police the same Thursday 28th September.”

The NDLEA’s earlier response had categorically denied the arrest and detention of Mohbad on February 24, 2022, or any other date, and dismissed the claim of administering any substance to the late singer.

Recall that Mohbad had in a video that went viral after his death claimed he was arrested by law enforcement agents.

The late singer had said in the viral video said; “They gave me water inside a white bottle to drink. They said I was using drugs. I was the only one who drank it; they didn’t give others to drink.

“And they immediately told me to go home and told the others to wait. They even hit a gun on my head. I saved Zino in that video but Zino snitched on me.”

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