Naira Marley and Sam Larry Challenge Extended Police Detention in High-Stakes Lawsuit
Renowned musician Abdulazeez Fashola, widely known as Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite Samson Eletu, also referred to as Sam Larry, have taken a resolute legal stand to contest their prolonged detention by law enforcement authorities.
Detained in connection with the tragic demise of 27-year-old singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, in August, the two prominent figures have now filed a fundamental rights lawsuit at the Federal High Court in Lagos. The lawsuit names the Police and Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun, who had authorized their continued detention for an initial period of 21 days, as the defendants.
Naira Marley and Sam Larry are individually pursuing ₦20 million in damages from the defendants. Their legal representative, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), has initiated the lawsuit, urging the court to recognize their ongoing detention at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command as a violation of their fundamental rights.
The sworn affidavits accompanying their legal actions provide a comprehensive account of the circumstances leading to their arrest. The documents reveal that their ordeal commenced between October 3 and 4, 2023 when they were apprehended by the police on suspicion of links to the death of Mohbad.
“On October 4, 2023, the Commissioner of Police sought an order in the Magistrates’ Court at Yaba to remand them for 30 days. Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted the police application to remand them for 21 days in police custody. The 21-day remand order granted by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun lapsed on October 26, 2023, and has not been renewed,” the documents elucidated.
Naira Marley and Sam Larry’s determined legal battle for their release and the protection of their fundamental rights is unfolding before the Federal High Court in Lagos. The case garners attention as these prominent figures seek justice amidst their ongoing detention.