Abdulazeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, and Lagos socialite Samson Eletu, aka Sam Larry, have launched a fundamental rights complaint to challenge their continuing incarceration in relation to the murder of Ilerioluwa Aloba, alias Mohbad, a 27-year-old singer.
The police and Lagos magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun, who ordered their remand in police custody for 21 days, were joined as defendants in the complaint filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Naira Marley and Sam Larry are suing the defendants for N20 million in damages apiece.
In the suit filed through their lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), they are urging the court to declare that the continued detention “at the Homicide Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, since October 4, 2023,” constituted a violation of their rights.
They are seeking “an order of the court releasing the applicants forthwith.”
In the affidavits attached to their suits, deponents said, “Their travails started between October 3 and 4, 2023, when they were arrested by the police on the alleged connection of the applicants with the death of one Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad.
“On the 4th day of October 2023, the Commissioner of Police sought an order in the Magistrates’ Court, held at Yaba to remand them for 30 days.
“Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted the police application to remand them for only 21 days in the custody of the police.
“The 21-day remand order granted by Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun has since lapsed on October 26, 2023, and the order has not been renewed.”