Alleged cyberbullying: Police grill Mohbad’s dad

The Lagos State Police Command has explained why Joseph Aloba, father to the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, was invited to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbon in the Ikoyi area of the state.

According to authorities, the bereaved father was grilled by officers over a petition filed by Oba Saheed Elegushi.

Speaking late Tuesday, the head of the Aloba legal team, Monisola Odumosu, noted that the Elegushi’s petition borders on cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and criminal defamation against Mohbad’s father.

Furthermore, the lawyer disclosed that the petition was filed following some allegations Joseph laid on the monarch during a recent interview.

In a statement by Odumosu, “Mr Aloba was invited by the police and led to the police station by the representatives of his legal team, Teri Wellington and Monisola Odumosu. The petition was written by Oba Saheed Elegushi who alleged that during one of Mr. Aloba’s interviews with a London-based blogger, he was criminally defamed.

“During the interview Mr. Aloba granted the London-based blogger, it was alleged that he said, ‘… his son was bullied and killed on the instruction of Oba Elegushi and that it was one Sam Larry that was sent to do the job…’”

The statement further conveyed Joseph’s motive, which claimed was not to defame or ridicule the Lagos monarch but seek justice for Mohbad.

Odumosu added that the late singer’s father further clarified that he did not have any proof to support the allegation against the monarch except the petition written by his late son and other phone conversations he had with him.

While noting that the monarch, who was present at the meeting, demanded a retraction, Odumosu clarified that Aloba was never arrested or detained.

“In fairness to Oba Elegushi, he only demanded the retraction of the defaming statements made by Mr Aloba on social media.

“Mr. Aloba was never arrested or detained. He was granted bail without stress. It is important to note that Mr. Aloba is still grieving the death of his son. He just lost a single star in the family firmament.

“Any grieving parent may on the spur of the moment make statements that may tend to be unreasonable. We only need to understand the geographical circumstances giving rise to his utterances.”