Rapper, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has said his former signee, Ilerioluwa Olademeji Aloba, aka Mohbad, may have surrounded himself with “a lot of cultists” given the sudden nature of his death.
He said he believed that the late singer had been bullied but his bullies weren’t sponsored by him or his record label, Marlian Music.
Speaking in an interview with Reno Omokri, Naira Marley said he is not a cultist, stressing that he has been battling with cultists since relocating to Nigeria from England in 2019.
While alleging that those accusing him of having a hand in Mohbad’s death may be trying to cover up the true cause of his death, the Marlian Music boss said he hopes the police conduct a thorough investigation to uncover the truth.
He said, “I believe he was actually stressed as much as he needed help. I believe he has been bullied. I believe there were people on his neck, people all over him that he was in danger. But it wasn’t from us. If he was in danger from me, if anybody is scared of me, nobody is gonna come out doing all of these. I don’t believe in any cult whatsoever. I came to Nigeria in 2019 from England. I don’t know what a cult is. I’ve been running away from the cultists in Nigeria. I’m actually an anti-cultist. I’m against it. So many times they tried to force me into it but thank God they never succeeded in doing it.
“I do understand that maybe he [Mohbad] had surrounded himself with a lot of bad people like a lot of cultists. And I can see from the way people are trying to cover up, with the way they sending in money [to Mohbad’s family] and with the experience of what has happened around them, I just hope the police will find out a lot of things, man.”