Omowunmi Aloba, the widow of 27-year-old deceased singer IleriOluwa Aloba alias Mohbad, told the Coroner Inquest sitting at Ikorodu on Tuesday that Mohbad had died long before he was declared dead due to past incidents of bullying, psychological trauma, and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency arrest.
Mohbad’s widow testified that he died in his room on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, in the afternoon.
She said before his death, he had showered and wasn’t feeling okay, so he asked that they switch on the air conditioner in his room, but the AC wasn’t working, so they rushed him to the son’s room.
Omowunmi stated that she was in the kitchen while this was happening, adding that when she came out, she saw the nurse injecting him, and she heard Mohbad telling the nurse to remove the syringe.
She further told the coroner that it was at that point that they had to rush him to the hospital.
According to her, he was in the back seat of the car when the driver said his hands were already cold.
“Immediately I called a bike (motorcycle), OG, his friend, and Mohbad entered the bike, then I took another bike and went straight to the hospital.
“It was the doctor, nurses, the Disc Jokey, and Mohbad ‘s brother that were inside the room while I was outside, when they told me that he was dead, I said it was not possible because I still spoke to him 20 minutes ago and he said after his injection, he would take his son for five months photo shoot,” he said.
She also explained that before his death they went for a show on Monday, September 11, 2023, and they were about 10 people.
The widow of the singer added that she and their baby were inside the car waiting for Mohbad while he was performing and after his performance, Mohbad complained that he was tired and needed to go home, but that he was asked to wait for other artists to finish with their own performance and they waited for an hour.
Speaking on the fight that broke out in the car, she stated that Mohbad had an argument with his younger brother inside the car when Mohbad’s friend, Owodunni Ibrahim, also known as Prime Boy, said his younger brother couldn’t be the one who would disrespect him.
She added, “Prime Boy said he knew what he would have done, but Mohbad told Prime Boy that it was because they were outside and that if they were at home, he would have fought his brother.
“Prime Boy and Mohbad started fighting and I went to get his workers to come and separate them and by the time I came back, I met that people had separated them already.
“During the fight, Mohbad sustained a minor injury at his elbow when he hit the window of the car. The nurse who injected Mohbad has been treating him for two years.
“The nurse injected Mohbad on his shoulder. After the February 22, 2022, NDLEA incident, Mohbad became fearful and refused to go to the hospital because his head was hit with a gun, by NDLEA.
“I was beaten and pushed inside the gutter because I confronted and questioned the NDLEA why they harassed my husband. He was given substance by the NDLEA ever since then he has not been himself.”
She also told the coroner that after the NDLEA attack, he got paranoid he lost his memory up to the extent of forgetting his phone password.
The witness told Magistrate Sotobi Adedayo that people started saying that he was mad and became depressed.
According to her, after Mohbad’s death, she was not aware of where he was buried or even the mortuary and didn’t know anything after.
She further stated that they planned to kidnap Mohbad’s son.
Omowunmi said that she has been getting threats and has always been going out with a face mask because of the threat.
She said, “Mohbad wanted to fly his son to Canada, that was why he got a visa because he didn’t want his son Liam to clock one in Nigeria.”
Mohbad’s wife said he had always wanted his child to be given birth to in Canada, but because they were not financially buoyant, he begged her to allow him to fly the child, to which she agreed.
Academics, professionals, others storm Ibadan for Ayinde Barrister Festival
The Ilaji Hotel and Resorts, Akanran, Ibadan hosted a community of fans of the late fuji musician, Dr Sikiru Ayinde Balogun, popularly known as Barrister.
Between February 9 and 10, 2024, the fans converged on Barrister’s hometown where they celebrated his legacies in a colourful ceremony, featuring live performances by musicians. Jumat service was observed on Day One at the Mufutau Olanihun Mosque. Prayers were offered Barrister who clocked 76 years posthumously on the day.
That was followed by the unveiling of Barrister Cenotaph at the entrance of Ibadan on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Two bossom friends of Barrister, Otunba Adisa Osiefa and Chief Kola Oyadeji jointly performed the unveiling ceremony.
Gala Night rounded off the day at the Ilaji Hotel and Resorts, Akanran where all fans groups mixed with one another in a convivial atmosphere and danced to different tracks of Barrister.
An Ibadan-based famous On Air Personality, Alhaji Gboyega Lawal joined the fans at the Gala Night and paid a glowing tribute to Barrister.
He recalled an incident at a party where he would have died save for Barrister’s prompt intervention. “For this, I will never forget Alhaji,” he said.
The grand finale on Saturday also featured presentation of awards and premier of “Mr Fuji Barry Wonder”, a documentary produced by a US-based Professor Saheed Aderinto who thrilled the large audience with exclusive memorable images of Barrister, his band members, family and fans.
The Ibadan-born Aderinto revealed that he had commenced shootings of the documentary in 2021 at different locations in Nigeria and his US base where he is a lecturer.
He said the documentary was not made for commercial purpose but posterity to preserve the role Barrister played in carving out an unknown genre among Nigerian indigenous brands of music.
The scholar also said that the documentary was produced with a view to telling critical knowledge that is close to the heart of the people who use the medium of documentary filmmaking.
“To preserve the legacies of Barrister through the medium of a film. To place Fuji at the center of global knowledge production. To increase the global attention on Fuji. To take the name of Fuji and Barrister into academic domains where they don’t exist for now,” he said.
In attendance at the ceremony was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Barrister Mutalubi Adebayo who described Barrister as a superstar both in life and in death.
The former Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, who received an award from the organiser of the BarryFest, exclaimed that he had never seen a late Nigerian musician as more blessed with dedicated fans as Barrister.
Vice-Chancellor of Ojaja University, Eyenkorin, Kwara State, Professor Jeleel Ojuade presented a paper which dug deep into Barrister evolution as a force to reckon with in Nigerian indigenous music industry.
Chairman and Secretary of the BarryFest Planning Committee, Alhaji Olaide Olawumi and Agba Akin Ademola Adesingbin expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the event, which they both described as an improvement over the maiden edition held at the same venue and Barrister’s Fuji Chamber residence, Isolo, Lagos.
“All we need to say is to thank God for His grace over the planning committee. We faced few challenges along the line due to the state of the nation’s economy. But God helped us to overcome those challenges.
“We thank all our members for their enthusiasm towards the BarryFest. They are all wonderful. We also thank all our invited guests for honouring us with their presence and support. We shall continue to hold them in high esteem,” Adesingbin said.
Controversial actress Nkechi Blessing gets N6m twin bracelet gift from boyfriend (Video)
Xxssive, the partner of Nollywood actress Nkechi Blessing, has invested N6 million in a set of matching bracelets for both of them.
The actress, originally from Delta State, was pleasantly surprised by the extravagant gift from her boyfriend as she marked her birthday today.
In a video shared online, Xxssive was seen presenting the luxurious bracelets to a delighted Nkechi, who couldn’t contain her happiness.
Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing’s bae, Eseoghne Obire, celebrates her as she turns a year older today
Credit | IG | Xxssive
— OSG (@OloriSupergal) February 14, 2024
In his accompanying message, Xxssive explained how he didn’t give her any gifts on her birthday last year, citing the Urhobo cultural perspective that doesn’t prioritize extravagant gestures.
However, recognizing Nkechi’s worth, he arranged a last-minute birthday dinner to celebrate her.
“Like I said last year I didn’t get you any gift because we Urhobo men don’t see it as a big deal and to be honest @nkechiblessingsunday you deserve all the love
So I hit up @royalhugssurprises with very short notice and told her I needed a private dinner and she still delivered her pulling unit
Then my guy @g.aboki1 wan b cut my neck with the price before but regardless she deserves it all
Had to bring @_mrstats all the way from the States I love you baba mi
Thank you so much @okopi_peterson for blessing us with your voice yesterday it means a lot
I will talk about this suit later I dey come suit of over half a million guess the designer”.
In an earlier birthday post, Xxssive had affectionately wished her a happy birthday, acknowledging her as the most stubborn person he knows, but emphasizing her amazing qualities nonetheless.
“Happy birthday big 35 Nkechi blessings Sunday.
May the good lord bless your new chapter and grant you your heart desires amen.
The most stubborn person have ever come across in my life, but it doesn’t take away how amazing you are HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND HAPPY VAL”.
Alleged fake money transfer: Six Lagos traders arraigned for assaulting actress, Liz Anjorin
Six traders at the Oba Akintoye Market in Lagos Island have been arraigned before the Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos Island Local Government on Thursday for allegedly assaulting and blackmailing Nollywood actress, Lizzy Anjorin-Lawal.
The defendants—Qudus Jokogbola, Suru Olawale, Edu Shakirat, Fausat Mohammed, Kafayat Ahmed, and Opere Simiat Morenike—were charged while two other suspects are currently at large.
According to the prosecution, led by Sola Samuel, the six defendants and two others conspired to commit the offence by forcefully pushing and dragging Anjorin-Lawal, causing her grievous bodily harm around 1:30 p.m. on Monday inside Oba Akintoye Market in Lagos Island.
Samuel told the court that the defendants’ actions caused a breach of public peace.
He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 413; 168(d) and 170(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015, and are punishable under the same Act.
All defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Defence lawyer, Ade Oshodi, urged the court to grant them bail in the most liberal terms, stating they were traders.
In his ruling, Magistrate A.A. Paul granted each defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety each.
The sureties must be Lagos residents with evidence of tax payment.
The defendants were remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until they meet their bail terms.
The case was adjourned till March 11 for mention.
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