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The police on Thursday continued their investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad.

This followed the invitation extended to Mohbad’s family and the group of persons mentioned in the ongoing probe of the illegal embalming of the deceased’s body following his death.

Boluwatife Adeyemo aka Darosha who was the Personal Assistant to Mohbad was interrogated at the Zone 2 Police Headquarters in the presence of the deceased’s father Joseph and mother, Abosede.

The police, upon interrogating Darosha, thereby asked all those mentioned in his statement to be brought in for further interrogation.

The head of the family’s legal team, Monisola Odumosu, in a statement sent to our correspondent on Wednesday, however, stated that the second interrogatory meeting was held at the Zone 2 Police Headquarters in Lagos State on Tuesday.

Odumosu added that the police were working to reveal the identity of the “illegal mortician.”

“The police will reveal to the public soon, who illegally embalmed the body of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely known as Mohbad.

“The police stated they would work on their report and continue investigations which will be directed to the Legal Department of the force for a recommendation.

“The meeting was held at Zone 2 and present at the meeting were Mr. Joseph Aloba (Mohbad’s father), Boluwatife Adeyemi (aka Darosha), Adura Aloba (Mohbad’s younger brother), Mrs. Abosede Olumuyi (Mohbad’s mother) and Cynthia Omowunmi Aloba (Mohbad’s wife). Others include Iya Lolade and Samuel (Mr. Joseph Aloba’s witnesses) and lawyers to the parties,” Odumosu added.

The family’s legal team had earlier, on the instruction of their client, petitioned the police that Boluwatife Adeyemo, the personal assistant to the late Mohbad, had embalmed the body of the late singer which violates Section 16 and 48 of the Coroner’s System Law, 2007, which addresses the offences and penalties of tampering with a dead body.

The police upon interrogating Darosha have asked all those mentioned in his statement to be brought in for further interrogation.

Shortly after Mohbad’s death, his cousin, Darosha, on his social media handle, daroshagram, wrote “…About the salt, when my father died, a salt was placed on his chest till we arrived and was told it was local embalming to keep him fresh till the whole family arrived, and I did the same thing (on Mohbad) because a lot of people were still coming to see him before leaving to Ikorodu that night.”
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The post sparked controversy in social media and legal circles that led to the need to discover who embalmed the late singer without regard to extant laws.

The legal team further stated that they were awaiting the police report as soon as the police got the legal advice from their legal department. It is then they will be properly informed the recommended persons will face prosecution.

Mohbad’s father had alleged that his son’s body was already embalmed and placed by the staircase when he arrived at the deceased’s home the day he died.

He made this known while calling on the police to intensify the investigation to unravel the cause of his son’s death.

Mohbad died on September 12 at the age of 27, with the circumstances surrounding his death sparking controversy on social media.

Mohbad, a former record label signee of Marlian Music owned by Naira Marley, left the label in February 2022.

The Lagos State Police Command on September 18, 2023, inaugurated a 13-man special investigation team to probe the death.

His death also led to the arrest of Naira Marley and controversial Lagos socialite Balogun Eletu, aka Sam Larry, amongst others.

The body of Mohbad was exhumed on September 21, 2023, for an autopsy to unravel the cause of his death.

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