The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has denied ever arresting or detaining late Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba Oladimeji, popularly known as Mohbad, while alive.
Following Mohbad’s death on Tuesday, the agency was accused of poisoning the 27-year-old singer during his purported arrest and detention after a video of the late artist crying on a hospital bed surfaced online.
In the video, Mohbad claimed he was forced to consume a liquid substance, abused with the butt of a gun and was later asked to go home.
Recall it was widely reported in February 2022 that the anti-narcotics agency raided the Idado Estate home of artists signed under the Marlian Record label and arrested six persons, including Zinolesky and Mohbad.
The agency at the time said some quantities of Cannabis sativa and Molly were recovered from their apartment and a car.
But, reacting to the insinuation via a post shared on his X handle (formerly Twitter) on Saturday, spokesperson of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said Mohbad was never arrested or detained by the agency.
The post included a newslink to the February 2022 arrest of six suspects including Oniyide Azeez (Zinoleesky), Owoeye Michael (m), Abimbola Ogbe (m), Dominica Chinwe (f), Olaolohun Shubomi Mariam (f) and Ibrahim Alawo (m).
Babafemi wrote: “This is an authentic account of the arrest and detention of some Malian artistes in Feb 2022, an incident that has now been twisted by purveyors of fake news to say Mohbad was poisoned in @ndlea_nigeria custody even when he was never arrested or detained by the agency. I hope they’ll be bold enough to defend their claims when the hand of the law catches them.”