Naira Marley, a Nigerian musician and proprietor of the Marlian Record company, has announced that he is preparing to return to Nigeria to comply with police invitations as a result of the ongoing investigation into the death of singer Mohbad.
Mohbad, a former Marlian Records signee, reportedly passed away on September 12, 2023, in a contentious fashion, according to Naijacrawl.
A number of documents and videos showing the singer Mohbad being relentlessly bullied for leaving the Record label by the singer Naira Marley and his associate Sam Larry emerged online after the contentious deaths of the singer, who owned Marlian music, Naira Marley, and Sam Larry, who was suspected of being involved in Mohbad's sudden death.
A special investigative team was formed by the Nigerian Police Force on September 18 to look into the singer's passing.
Speaking in a statement on his official Instagram page on Tuesday evening, Naira Marley said, “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.
“In addition, I have been out of Nigeria since August 31, 2023, and I’m yet to return.
“In the last few days, there has been a lot of onslaught on my person and reputation globally over the death of my former signee. All manner of stories have been woven against me in respect of his untimely death.
“Before I progress further, let me say that, as it is traumatic for a lot of people to bear the reality of Ileri’s death, so it is to me. May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace, and may God grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Permit me to categorically state that I have no hand in the death of Ilerioluwa, either directly or indirectly.
“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. In due time, the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death will be unveiled, and the world will know the truth.
“Mohbad left the label in September 2022; the label accepted his departure. Marlian Music has not stopped or interfered with his career or releases since, and he has been with one RPM [sic].
“The rumors regarding the label being a drug cartel are untrue. I am not a drug lord, nor do I belong to any cult or fraternity. I’m dedicated to proving my innocence, and I’m cooperating with the authorities to clear my name with sufficient evidence.”