Magistrate Grants Naira Marley and Sam Larry Bail in the Ilerioluwa Aloba Case
In a significant development in the case surrounding the death of musician Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, widely known as MohBad, a magistrate’s court in Yaba, Lagos State, issued a bail ruling on Monday, November 6, 2023, for two prominent figures in the Nigerian entertainment scene. Singer Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite Balogun Eletu, known as Sam Larry, have been granted bail in the sum of N20 million with specific conditions.
Bail Granted with Stringent Terms
Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted bail after arraigning and remanding Naira Marley, Sam Larry, and two others in custody on October 6 due to their alleged involvement in the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death. The court’s decision sets forth strict bail conditions, including a substantial financial bond and the imposition of responsible duties.
Bail Conditions and Reporting Requirements
As part of the bail conditions, Naira Marley and Sam Larry are required to submit their passports to the court. Additionally, they must adhere to a mandatory weekly reporting requirement at the State Criminal Investigation Department located in Panti, Lagos. These stringent conditions aim to ensure that the defendants do not evade the legal process or obstruct the ongoing investigation.
Emphasis on Communication
Magistrate Olatunbosun emphasised the importance of adhering to these bail conditions, warning that any attempt by the defendants to contact her directly would be documented and potentially disclosed during open court proceedings. This underscores the court’s commitment to maintaining transparency and ensuring that justice is served in the case.
The bail ruling in this high-profile case has generated significant interest and scrutiny within Nigeria’s entertainment and legal circles, as the nation watches closely to see how the proceedings unfold.