Mohbad: Naira Marley sues Iyabo Ojo for defamation, demands N500m

Music artiste Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has sued actress, Iyabo Ojo, alleging that the actress posted false and defamatory content on her Instagram account.

In a letter addressed to Ojo, the lawyer representing Naira Marley, Olalekan Ojo, stated that the accusations were made in September 2023. The post alleged that the actress had accused Naira Marley of being involved in spiritual and physical dealings with the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, who was popularly known as Mohbad.

The lawyer claimed that Ojo accused Naira Marley of causing mental damage to Mohbad, whom he called ‘a brother.’

Naira Marley, through his lawyer, is seeking redress of N500 million from Ojo and a public apology posted on her official Instagram and a national daily.

Naira Marley’s attorney said Iyabo Ojo’s failure to comply with the condition placed before her will result in a lawsuit being filed against her.

The letter partly reads “We are Solicitors to Azeez Fashola (a.k.a. Naira Marley) an internationally renowned British and Nigerian Singer/Artist with over seven million followers hereinafter referred to as our client pursuant to whose instruction we write concerning the aboveheaded subject matter.

“It is necessary to preface this letter by stating that in recognition of the iconic status of our client, the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) engaged him to use his skills and platforms to put out content that will discourage millions of his followers and Nigerian youths from substance abuse.

“It is our instruction that sometimes in September, 2023, you maliciously and falsely published of and concerning our client on your official instagram handle ‘iyaboojofespris’ the following words: and destroying their lives and leaving them without a kobo to get help…….you go still explain taya bcos evidence dey, that your interview you go still re do am again…….make we get justice for Mohbad first”.

“It is unarguably clear that the above quoted words are in their ordinary and natural meanings meant or were understood to mean by ordinary right thinking members of the public that have read the post that our Client is a drug addict and that he laced the food and drinks which our Client gave to the boys staying with him with drugs with the resultant effect of occasioning monumental destruction of their lives.

“Your publication of the above words on the internet which is readily accessible to users of the system constituted a very serious libel and has caused our client colossal damage to his reputation.

“It is incontestably clear that the above quoted publication which has been read by countless internet users globally is defamatory of our Client and has brought him to public ridicule and or contempt with the resultant damage to our Client’s reputation.

“It is our further instruction that since the publication our Client has been inundated with calls from his followers, colleagues, friends and fans all over the world who had read the post expressing their disgust and dismay at the defamatory and libelous publication you had maliciously and falsely posted on your official instagram handle “iyaboojofespris” of and concerning our Client.”

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