The Lagos State Police Command has emphasized its commitment to a thorough investigation into the death of singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely known as Mohbad. Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, clarified in an interview on Thursday that the delay in releasing the investigation report is due to the absence of the autopsy results.
Hundeyin addressed the concerns raised by the Take It Back Movement, a civil society organization, which had urged the prompt conclusion of the investigation during a press conference held in Ikeja, Lagos.
The police spokesperson assured the public that the delay is not a result of guesswork but rather a procedural necessity. Until the pathologists submit the autopsy report, the police cannot provide conclusive information on the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death.
The commitment to a thorough and accurate investigation remains a priority for the Lagos State Police Command, and the public will be informed as soon as the autopsy results are made available to the authorities.
The Head of the Gender Department of the group, Omolola Pedro, in a press text made available to PUNCH Metro, called on 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.”
The organisation also feared that prolonged delay in the probe was capable of exposing Mohbad’s wife, Wumi, and child, Liam “to several attacks like cyberbullying, cyberstalking, organised malicious campaigns against their persons, and even physical harassment” alleging that this was “the same fate Mohbad suffered while he was alive.”
Pedro added that the police “must immediately conclude the investigation and make its findings public.”
Reacting when contacted by our correspondent on Thursday, police spokesman Hundeyin said, “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.”
Mohbad’s death on September 12 sparked controversies in Nigeria and beyond which prompted the police to set up an investigative team to determine what led to the singer’s demise.
Hundeyin had tweeted in September that an “autopsy has been concluded” on Mohbad’s corpse and the police were “awaiting result.”
In November, the Lagos police said the autopsy report for Mohbad, conducted months ago had not been given to them.