July 20, 2024

As the controversy surrounding the late singer’s death, Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad, and the paternity of his son grows, Oba Saheed Elegushi of the IkateElegushi Kingdom in Lagos State, has denied being the father of the late singer’s son, Liam Aloba.

On Thursday, the monarch issued a statement through his media consultant, Deyemi Saka, describing some social media users’ allegations that he fathered the late singer’s son as a desperate attempt to destroy his name by dragging him into Liam’s paternity dispute.

Mohbad died at the age of 27 in September 2023, prompting major protests in several parts of the country and many of his followers demanding justice for the former Marlian Records signee.

Following his death, a torrent of accusations and counter-accusations surfaced, with many claiming that he died as a result of bullying by his former boss, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, and his cronies.

Furthermore, the paternity of Mohbad’s kid has been called into question, especially after Mohbad’s father, Joseph Aloba, insisted for a paternity test to determine whether the late singer was truly the father of his grandchild.

One of the replies to the paternity dispute was the claim that Oba Elegushi could have fathered Mohbad’s son.

A TikToker published multiple posts on his TikTok profile saying that the monarch was involved in the killing of Mohbad.

It was also stated that the monarch was using his power to thwart justice for the late artist.

In response to these different charges, the king explained that they were baseless and aimed at tarnishing his reputation.

Oba Elegushi further said that a petition was filed against persons spreading these charges.

The statement read, “We would like to respond to a new desperate attempt at dragging His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Elegushi, into the needless paternity dispute over the son of Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad…. .

“This is to inform the public that the allegation is false and a figment of the wicked imaginations of these persons.

“HRM Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, through his lawyers, has filed a petition against these persons with the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies in a bid to enforce his fundamental human rights and protect him from cyber bullies, while he is hopeful the Nigeria Police will collaborate with relevant international security organisations in this quest for redress.”

Oba Elegushi, while extending condolences to the family of the late singer, implored members of the public not to entangle the traditional institution in the paternity dispute.

“It must be stated emphatically that Oba Elegushi, just like many Nigerians, is saddened by the sudden demise of Mohbad, and demands a thorough investigation and a quick dispensation of justice.

“While we pray to Almighty God to grant the Alobas the immense strength to bear this painful loss, we urge people to refrain from dragging the integrity of His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Elegushi and the revered traditional institution he represents into public disrepute,” the statement noted.

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