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Naira Marley, Sam Larry sue police and magistrate, demand N40m damages

Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, professionally known as Naira Marley and Lagos socialite, Samson Balogun aka Sam Larry, have filed a fundamental rights suit to challenge their continued detention over the death of 27-year-old singer, Mohbad.

Joined as defendants in the suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos were the police and the Lagos magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun, who ordered their remand in police custody for 21 days.

The Marlian Music boss and his associate, who were arrested separately, are each demanding N20m damages from the defendants.

Naira Marley Sam Larry 40m

In the suit filed through their lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Naira Marley and Sam Larry are urging the court to declare that the continued detention at the Lagos state police command is a violation of their rights.

They have been at the Homicide Section of the Panti division, Yaba, Lagos State since October 4, 2023. The plaintiffs are seeking “an order of the court releasing the applicants forthwith.”

In the affidavits attached to their suits, deponents said; “Their travails started between October 3 and 4, 2023 when they were arrested by the police on the alleged connection of the applicants with the death of one Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad.

“On the 4th day of October 2023, the Commissioner of Police sought an order in the Magistrates’ Court, held at Yaba to remand them for 30 days.

“Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted the police application to remand them for only 21 days in the custody of the police.

“The 21-day remand order granted by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun has since lapsed on October 26, 2023, and the order has not been renewed.”