Traffic within Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Tuesday suffered some disruptions as hundreds of youths filed out to protest and demand justice over Nigerian singer, Mohbad’s sudden death.
The youths who wore black T-shirts began their peaceful protest from Panseke and went to Oke-Ilwo, Isale-Igbehin, Sapon to Ake with placards bearing various inscriptions such as: ‘Justice for Mohbad’, ‘Government must arrest Naira Marley and Sam Larry’, ‘Who killed Mohbad?’, ‘No more Marlian’, ‘Too young to go at 27’, among others.
The protesting youths, while speaking with newsmen, insisted that the Nigeria Police must bring the duo of Marley and Larry to book.
They also demanded that other persons mentioned in the death of the singer be duly invited for questioning.
‘We are here to give him last respect. At the same time, we are here to make sure justice is being served because we really want to know what’s behind his death because we are not expecting him to leave so soon,’ one of the protesting youths said.
Another protester, Ibunkun Adedayo, urged the government to launch an investigation and explain what happened to the music star to Nigerians.
“We are expecting a lot from the government, from the family and from the fans and people who chose to say ‘I love Mohbad, I love Mohbad, I love his song.’ So, what I’m expecting now is that I want everybody to actually have a clearer picture of what really happened to Mohbad,” Adedayo added.
On his part, Ayo Micheal said, “We are in pain!! Mohbad must not die in vain. We want the government to arrest Naira Marley and Sam Larry. Let them fish them out from their hiding places.”
The youths dared Naira Marley and Sam Larry to come out of their hiding and face the Nigerian youths.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the Nigeria police force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other sister organisations were visible on the ground to ensure that the protest was not hijacked.
Youths also gathered in Akure, the Ondo State capital and Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, as they rallied to demand justice for the late singer.
In Akure, some youths who wore black shirts to mourn the deceased moved from streets to streets, while those in Ado Ekiti were seen at the Fuji Pavilion area holding candles and demanding justice.
“We started the movement from Midas Hotel Junction, Adebayo and ended it at Fajuyi Pavillion, Ado Ekiti,” one of the protesters, identified simply as Aare told one of our correspondents.
In another development, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has invited the Department of Security Services to join in investigating the circumstance that led to the death of singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
This was contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, on Tuesday.
The state governor also commiserated with the family and fans of the former Marlian Records signee.