Why report on how Mohbad died is delayed – Police

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Youths protest Mohbad's death in Abeokuta

The Lagos State Police Command has reiterated its commitment to a meticulous investigation into the death of singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad. Speaking in response to demands made by the Take It Back Movement, a civil society organization, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, emphasized that the police would not engage in guesswork and would await the official autopsy report.

Hundeyin disclosed in an interview with Punch on Thursday that the police had not yet received the autopsy report conducted on Mohbad from the pathologists. This statement came after the Take It Back Movement held a press conference in Ikeja, Lagos, urging the police to expedite the investigation and make their findings public.

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Omolola Pedro, Head of the Gender Department of the organization, expressed concerns about the potential risks faced by Mohbad’s wife, Wumi, and child, Liam, due to prolonged delays in the investigation. Pedro urged the police to “stop the needless delays, make public its findings from the investigation, and protect the rights of the deceased’s wife and child.”

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Pedro stated, “The police must immediately conclude the investigation and make its findings public.” The organization feared that the delay could expose Mohbad’s family to cyberbullying, cyberstalking, organized malicious campaigns, and even physical harassment, citing a similar fate the late singer allegedly experienced during his lifetime.

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In response to these demands, Hundeyin emphasized the importance of awaiting the pathologists’ official report. He stated, “We’re not the pathologists who carried out the autopsy. When they (the pathologists) give us their report, we’ll conclude our investigation. For now, that’s what we’re waiting for. Except they want us to do guesswork, we can’t guess; we need to get the report and see the content of the result, and we don’t have it yet.”

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Mohbad’s death on September 12 triggered widespread controversies, prompting the police to establish an investigative team to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the singer’s demise. Hundeyin had previously announced on social media in September that the autopsy had been concluded, and the police were awaiting the results.

However, as of November, the police reported that the official autopsy report had not been received. The police continue to assure the public of their commitment to a thorough and transparent investigation.

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