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NDLEA Speaks On Force-Feeding Mohbad With Poisonous Substance Before Demise

The spokesperson of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi, has said late Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba Oladimeji, popularly known as Mohbad, was neither arrested nor detained at any of its facilities as alleged.

Naija News reported that the agency was accused of poisoning Mohbad during his arrest and detention after a video of him on a hospital bed surfaced online. In the video, the singer said he was force-fed a poisonous substance, abused with the butt of a gun, and was later asked to go home. Recall it was widely reported in February 2022 that the anti-drug agency raided the Idado estate home of artists signed under the Marlian record label and arrested six persons, including Zinolesky and Mohbad.

The agency at the time said some quantities of Cannabis sativa, and Molly were recovered from their apartment and car. However, in a post shared on his X handle on Saturday, Babafemi said Mohbad was never arrested nor detained by the agency. He also shared a news link where a source in the agency reeled out names of arrested persons, and Mohbad’s name was not included.

A source in the agency was quoted to have listed the names of all six suspects arrested at the time as:

Oniyide Azeez (Zinoleesky)

Owoeye Michael (m)

Abimbola Ogbe (m)

Dominica Chinwe (f)

Olaolohun Shubomi Mariam (f)

Ibrahim Alawo (m)

Babafemi wrote: “This is an authentic account of the arrest and detention of some Malian artistes in Feb 2022, an incident that has now been twisted by purveyors of fake news to say Mohbad was poisoned in ⁦@ndlea_nigeria custody even when he was never arrested or detained by the agency. I hope they’ll be bold enough to defend their claims when the hand of the law catches them.”

SOURCE: Naija News


14 killed in plane crash in Brazilian Amazon

Fourteen people were killed Saturday when a plane crashed in the Brazilian Amazon while trying to land in stormy weather in the tourist town of Barcelos, leaving no survivors, officials said.

The small plane’s pilot was approaching the remote town in heavy rain, with low visibility, and appeared to inadvertently start landing halfway down the runway, Amazonas state security secretary Vinicius Almeida told a news conference.

The plane ran out of landing strip and crashed, killing all 12 passengers and two crew, he said. Initial investigations indicated the passengers were all Brazilian men traveling to the region for sport fishing, the state government said in a statement.

“Our teams have been on the ground responding since the moment of the crash to provide the necessary support,” Governor Wilson Lima wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“My solidarity and prayers to the victims’ family and friends.”

Media reports showed the small white plane belly-down on a dirt track, its front end crumpled into the dense vegetation to the side.

The plane was an EMB-110, a twin-engine turboprop manufactured by Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer

It was on its way from the state capital, Manaus, to Barcelos, about a 90-minute flight.

Officials said two aircraft approaching Barcelos around the same time had returned to Manaus because of the weather.

News site G1 said locals living near the airport were the first to arrive at the scene, helping emergency workers remove the victims’ bodies from the plane.

TV footage showed people gathered around the crash site, many standing under umbrellas in the rain as emergency workers sorted through the mangled fuselage. The Brazilian air force and police will investigate the crash, authorities said, adding that many details were still unclear.

Initial news reports had said US nationals were believed to be on the plane, but Amazonas officials said preliminary investigations indicated all the victims were Brazilian.