Naira Marley, Sam Larry sue Magistrate, Police; demand ₦40m in damages

Naira Marley, Sam Larry sue Magistrate, Police; demand ₦40m in damages

Embattles singer, Azeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley and his aide, Samson Eletu, better known as Sam Larry have filed a fundamental rights suit against the Magistrate and Police over their detention.

Glamsquad recalls that after the passing of the late singer, Mohbad, Naira Marley and Sam Larry faced allegations of physically assaulting him and were subsequently detained by the Magistrate sitting in Yaba. They were ordered to remain in police custody for 21 days. Read here

In a new development, Naira Marley and Sam Larry have both filed a fundamental rights suit over their continued detention.

In the lawsuit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos by their lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Naira Marley and Sam Larry are each demanding N20m damages from the police and the Lagos magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun, over what they termed as their “continued detention” in police custody. They joined the police and the Lagos magistrate as defendants in the suit.

The duo in the lawsuit argued that the magistrate ordered their remand for only 21 days and the period had elapsed. 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.”

Mixed reactions have trailed the news of their legal suit against the Magistrate and Police.

One Marsh Already wrote:What do you think will happen? Holding them without concrete evidence. The court doesn’t see emotions they see proof”

One Orewa Beauty Shop wrote: “It’s actually illegal to detain people without charging them to court for this long. Investigate & take the matter to court & let the court decide if to grant them bail or not. They can actually claim damages for illegal detention

One Abena Mandy wrote;They have fundamental human rights. And you can’t accuse them of murder until they are charged. Some of you think in the sight of the law, emotions count, dey play”

One Brain Digital wrote: This only happens when ur lawyer is misleading you, you guys are been accused of a murder case. You may spend 3 months in police custody till the investigation is through”

One Ayobami Olorunniyi wrote: “Na from prison Dem dey do this one?”

One Kadupe wrote:“Really when there is evidence of bullying”

Read Also: “I gave Mohbad ₦2 million to perform at my mother’s burial, he never turned up” – Sam Larry spills in PSA

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