THE embattled hiphop singer Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley and Balogun Samson popularly known as Sam Larry on Friday, released by the Lagos State Police Command, after the duo met their bail conditions.
According to Benjamin Hundeyin, the State Police Public Relations Officer, in a terse statement, “Naira Marley and Sammy Larry, having met their bail conditions, have been released.”
Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police, made this known on Friday afternoon after the artiste and the socialite perfected their bail conditions granted by Justice Adeola Olatunbosun of the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court.
Meanwhile, this newspaper had on November 6, reported that the Magistrate’s Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos State, granted singer, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite, Balogun Eletu, known as Sam Larry bail in the sum of N20m with three responsible duties.
VOICE AIR MEDIA had reported that Naira Marley, Sam Larry and two others were on October 6 arraigned and remanded over their alleged involvement in circumstances surrounding the death of a musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
The magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun told the defendants to submit their passports and ordered that they are to report weekly to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti.
“As part of the bail conditions, the defendants are to surrender their passports and make weekly appearances at the State Criminal Investigation Department,” Olatunbosun ruled.
She also warned that no one should contact her directly on the case.
“Any attempts to contact me directly would be recorded and potentially disclosed in open court proceedings,” she added.
VOICE AIR MEDIA had earlier gathered that the controversial singer, Abdulazeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite, Samson Eletu, alias Sam Larry, have filed a fundamental rights suit, challenging their continued detention over the death of 27-year-old singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, alias Mohbad.
The defendants in the suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos include the police and the Lagos magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun, who ordered their remand in police custody for 21 days, and the duo of Naira Marley and Sam Larry are demanding N20m damages each from the defendants.
In the suit filed through their lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), they are urging the court to declare that the continued detention “at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti, Yaba, Lagos State since October 4, 2023,” constituted a violation of their rights, while 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.”
They were arrested as part of an investigation into Mohbad’s death after videos of assault against the late singer surfaced online.