Mohbad: Oyo Speaker, Commissioner join protest, demand justice

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BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Some youths on Wednesday converged in Ibadan to stage a peaceful protest over the death of a 27-year-old singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

The protesters, who demanded justice for Mohbad, began their rally from Mokola to Sango, Bodija, Iwo Road, Gate; Dugbe, Ring Road; Apata, Iyaganku, and eventually climaxed at the Oyo State Secretariat, Ibadan.

The protesters, who were all in black attires, carried placards with inscription “Justice for Mohbad”, chanting solidarity songs.

The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Debo Ogundoyin and State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Adegoke Wasilat, who dressed in black T-shirts, also joined the rally.

Ogundoyin, who addressed the protesters at different points, commended them for standing up for one of their own, adding that their peaceful rally to demand justice for the late singer was commendable.

The Speaker, who described Mohbad’s death as painful and shocking, said the deceased was a talented and highly inspired young musician whose songs were lyrical and melodious.

He added that the late singer, who rose from grass to grace, exhibited a great passion for music.

”It is unfortunate that Ilerioluwa Aloba died in a mysterious circumstance. The investigation team set up by the Nigeria Police Force must be thorough in their job.

“Everyone connected with the death of the young man must be investigated and the cause of his death must be unraveled.

“Why did the police fail to investigate a petition he sent to them on constant threats to his life?

“There are video clips showing Mohbad being beaten and bullied, yet no one was arrested at that time and no one was prosecuted.

“He also did some audio recordings of his depressing situation and conditions, but nothing was done by the security agencies to secure the life of Mohbad” he said.

Ogundoyin described the death of late singer as pathetic and condemnable.

One of the organisers of the protest, Kunle Eniafe, expressed bitterness over the demise of Mohbad.

He urged the police to as a matter of urgency, fish out those that killed the musician.

According to him, Nigerian youths would continue to stage protests across the country until justice is done.