Falana Demands Coroner’s Inquest Into Mohbad’s Death

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has written a letter to the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Justice Mojisola Dada, asking her to conduct an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of Afrobeat musician Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

Mohbad, a former signee of Marlian Records owned by Azeez Faashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, died on September 12, 2023, at 27 and was buried a day later.

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In the letter addressed to the Chief Coroner of the High Court of Lagos State in Ikeja, Falana stated that the circumstances leading to the musician’s death demanded that the inquest be conducted.

The lawyer cited the Lagos State Coroner’s Law of 2007, specifically Section 15, which stipulates that an inquest should be conducted when a coroner becomes aware of a death within their district that results from violent, unnatural, or suspicious circumstances.

The letter read, “We at this moment request Your Lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death in Lagos State, and we are confident that Your Lordship will accede to our request with utmost urgency.

“And make appropriate recommendations under section 15 of Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007, which provides that inquest shall hold whenever a coroner is informed that the death of a deceased person within his Coroner’s District is as a result of a death in a violent, unnatural, or suspicious situation,” the letter read.

Already, the Lagos State Police Command on Monday inaugurated a 13-man investigative panel to unravel the mysteries surrounding the death of a 27-year-old fast-rising artiste.

The special investigative team is to unravel the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death, identify witnesses, culprits, if any and any person that will be helpful to the investigative process and deploy processes and other technological tools to aid the investigative course in line with the relevant provisions of the law.

The panel is also to carry out a discreet investigation, which covers exhumation, autopsy/toxicology/histology, scene visits, hospital/medical reports, and records of suspects/witnesses’ statements.

16th June 2024
Nigerian Pantagraph