Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, was a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter born on June 8, 1996, in Lagos. He was formerly affiliated with Naira Marley’s Marlian Records but parted ways with the label in 2022. MohBad was renowned for his chart-topping tracks such as “Ponmo,” “Feel Good,” and “KPK (Ko Por Ke)” with Rexxie, which earned him three nominations at The Headies awards in 2022.
Tragically, MohBad passed away at the age of 27, reportedly after receiving treatment for an infection on September 12, 2023, leaving behind his wife, Wunmi, and their child. On October 5, 2022, MohBad accused his manager, Naira Marley, of assaulting him and alleged that Marley had ordered individuals to attack him when he announced his decision to part ways and find a different manager to handle his music and business affairs. This incident led to severe injuries, hospitalization, and a police report.
Following MohBad’s untimely demise, reports surfaced that he had filed a police report in June 2023, alleging that Samson Balogun, a music promoter known as “Sam Larry” and an associate of Marley’s, had assaulted him and damaged his property. In the report, MohBad claimed that Larry had disrupted a video shoot, leading a group of 15 armed men who asserted they worked for monarch Oba Elegushi.
Naira Marley’s record label denied these allegations, and the police later stated that MohBad had not attended a subsequent meeting to address the accusations. Balogun and others accused of assault had filed a defamation complaint. Oba Elegushi issued a statement distancing himself from Balogun and extending condolences for MohBad’s passing.
MohBad’s death has incited outrage among Nigerians who demand justice. Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has called for a peaceful protest in response to MohBad’s demise. During an Instagram Live video, Ojo announced plans for the protest, inviting parents and young people to participate. She also mentioned that the protesters intend to send letters to “respected offices and international bodies.”
In her video message, Ojo clarified, “We are not coming to fight, but we are coming to your office so that you can understand that we need justice.”
Although Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the police have pledged to investigate the circumstances surrounding MohBad’s death, Ojo’s call for a protest is likely to amplify the demand for accountability and seek justice for MohBad and his family.