CP Idowu Owohunwa, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, has announced that the findings of the police inquiry into the demise of the 27-year-old emerging musician, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, widely recognized as Mohbad, will be disclosed within a fortnight.
Owohunwa gave the assurance on Wednesday when Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo and some of her colleagues visited him to demand justice for the late singer and former signee of Marlian Music, a record label owned by Naira Marley, and the ‘ailing’ DJ Splash who also lived with Naira Marley before developing what is reportedly mental health issues.
PM News reports that a peaceful rally which was scheduled earlier to be made on Wednesday was cancelled due to the plea for dialogue made by the police commissioner to prevent attack by hoodlums.
It was reported that the delegation comprising Iyabo Ojo, Foluke Daramola, Kiekie, Chioma, and other stars, who were accompanied by legal representatives, held a meeting with the police commissioner to make several appeals and raise issues relating to the tragic death of Mohbad, as well as concerns regarding cyberbullying on social media.
Foluke during the meeting requested that a dignified burial be given to the late Mohbad and sought assurances of protection for his wife and child, stressing that Mohbad‘s mother had given her consent for a proper burial following an autopsy.
On her part, Ojo expressed her worries over the prevalence of cyberbullying on social media platforms, especially among young individuals, pointing out that there is a need for an urgent response to harassment and threats on social media platforms.
Ojo drew attention to international standards where such actions bear legal consequences, saying, “We need you to help us look into the law that as a parent, Children are cautioned not to mess up and threaten people’s lives on social media. Social media is not a child’s play.”
Also speaking, the lawyer in the delegation reportedly advocated for the establishment of a dedicated social media desk to handle cyberbullying cases, offering a platform for victims to report incidents.
Continuing, Ojo said, “In the foreign world, you can’t just threaten people’s lives and not get a repercussion for it. Many times, Mohbad cried out about the bullying on social media and nothing was done. There should be a rapid response to the harassment on social media.”
On her part, Chioma noted that there is a widespread lack of trust in the police force among Nigerians and therefore urged the police in the country to enhance their performance, emphasizing the importance of instilling hope in the younger generation.
Kiekie added that there should be no supremacy, saying youths should be given hope in the system. She appreciated the police for the welcoming attitude which gave her another hope in the system.
Responding to the delegation’s requests, CP Owohunwa expressed gratitude for their commitment to seeking societal justice and therefore pledged his dedication to upholding justice for all residents of the state, irrespective of their social status.
The Lagos State police boss revealed the ongoing efforts to establish a state-of-the-art complaint response unit in Lagos, designed to streamline and digitize the reporting process, making it accessible from the comfort of one’s home.
On Mohbad’s death, the police commissioner said that there is ongoing collaboration with the state government to initiate a coroner inquest, adhering to due legal procedures.
CP Owohunwa, who outlined the protocol for dealing with suspects once evidence is cleared, said, “We are looking for justice. I have related to several groups. Not everyone is looking for justice. What you represent is societal justice. I appreciate you. I think you have set a standard. We agree to walk in partnership to deliver justice. You have given me the courage and assurance for a stable state.
“To the specifics, for the trust. One thing is that under my watch in Lagos, whether Mohbad or any low-level citizen, I stand for justice; the farthest we can go is by much evidential quality.
“When we started the murder of Senator Yayi’s aide case. We had this same kind of attention. I am confident of the capacity of my officers to ensure justice. In Lagos state, we’ve set up a complaint response unit and Lagos state is the first to start. It was set up three weeks ago by the IG and it is a full record centre and digitized to use from the comfort of your home.
“We are working out the coroner inquest with the state government, it has a legal process. Let’s follow due process.”
Speaking on the need to arrest suspects, he said that once evidence was available, the first tool to use was to declare them wanted and the second tool was the Interpol.
“You should get full information and results about Mohbad’s death in two weeks. We are working on the videos as it gives us a wider picture. Give us the space of two weeks,” he said.