Naira Marley | Mohbad
The House of Representatives has issued a summons to popular Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, regarding the royalties of his late former signee, Ilerioluwa Aloba, who was popularly known as Mohbad.
The move comes as part of an investigation initiated by a panel set up by the House, comprising committees on youth, justice, and legislative compliance.
In addition to Naira Marley, the House has also invited Mohbad’s legal team to participate in the proceedings.
The decision to look into the matter of Mohbad’s royalties during his tenure with Naira Marley’s Marlian Records was officially conveyed in a letter dated Thursday, signed by the panel’s clerk, Yusuf Ibrahim.
The scheduled meeting for Naira Marley and Mohbad’s legal team is slated for October 31, and it aims to delve into the circumstances surrounding the royalties and other benefits that Mohbad was entitled to during his association with the record label.
This inquiry also seeks to establish the extent of Naira Marley’s interactions with various copyright organisations, with the gathered information serving as a guide for further legislative action.
The letter to Naira Marley and Mohbad’s legal representatives reads, “The House Committees on Justice, Youth and Legislative Compliance invite you and the legal team of MOHBAD for an interactive meeting session as regards a referral received being a resolution of the House of Representatives during their plenary session on Tuesday 26th September 2023 with respect to the circumstances surrounding the royalties and other benefits of Mohbad and to ascertain the level of your interaction with other relevant copyright organisations; such information will guide the committee on further legislative action.
“In view of the above, you are kindly invited for an interactive session with the chairman, Committee on Justice, Youth and legislative compliance scheduled as follows.”
The tragic death of Mohbad at the age of 27 on September 12 has drawn attention to this investigation.
Before his demise, Mohbad had petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police leading the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Lagos, regarding threats to his life by socialite Sam Larry and armed assailants who had allegedly attacked him while shooting a video.
Additionally, several videos had emerged implicating Naira Marley in threatening Mohbad, his former signee, after the demise of the ‘KPK’ singer.