Popular socialite Samson Balogun Olamilekan Eletu, aka Sam Larry, has explained why he invaded the music video shoot of late rapper Ilerioluwa Olademeji Aloba, aka Mohbad, shortly before his sudden demise.
Naijacrawl recalls that in a video that went viral after the singer’s death, Sam Larry was captured invading the set of a music shoot and threatening Mohbad with armed men.
The development led to calls for him to be probed over the singer’s death.
Consequently, he was taken into custody by the Lagos State Police Command to “assist” in the ongoing investigation into Mohbad’s demise after he returned to the country from Kenya on Thursday.
However, Sam Larry, in a statement released on Friday, claimed he stormed the set of the music shoot to retrieve the sum of N2 million he paid to the late rapper to perform at his mother’s annual remembrance after he failed to show up at the event.
He said he has been in Kenya since August 20th in a bid to find a “new African act” that can perform at his mother’s concert this year.
The statement read, “Two years ago, I gave Ileri [Mohbad] N2m to perform at my mother’s annual remembrance concert in Ikorodu, but the boy never turned up. So, I called him to ask why.
“He then said he was not feeling well, and when I asked for a refund, he said he lost his phone and money recently when the NDLEA raided his place in the process, and since he was leaving Marlian Records, he is now broke, with no commitment to repay. I then left, all for me to later hear that this same boy was having a musical video shoot the next door, practically next street to my house, so I went there to ask for my money again. We had an argument that lasted 5 minutes; even one of his friends insisted he was going to pay the money. Up until today, one Kobo has not paid me; this was early last year. I have since moved on.
“I traveled to Kenya to find new African act that can perform at my mother’s concert this year. I have been away since August 20! Until now, I don’t know anything other than what was written in the blogs and press. I don’t even know where he lives; I only know his former label boss and their house. I don’t know any nurse, doctor, or hospital; I don’t know anything about his movement; I don’t have that time; I have lost a lot more money than that before; you win some, you lose some.”