Actress Iyabo Ojo and other Nollywood stars have visited the Lagos state commissioner of police to demand justice for the late singer Mohbad and the mentally unstable DJ Splash.
A peaceful rally which was scheduled earlier to be made today was cancelled due to the plea for dialogue made by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa to prevent hoodlums’ attack.
Ojo, Foluke Daramola, Kiekie, Chioma, and other stars accompanied by legal representatives, held a meeting with the Commissioner of Police to make several appeals and raise important issues related to the tragic passing of Mohbad, as well as concerns regarding cyberbullying on social media.
During the meeting, Foluke passionately requested a dignified burial for Mohbad and sought assurances of protection for his wife and child.
She also mentioned that Mohbad‘s mother had given her consent for a proper burial following an autopsy.
Ojo voiced her apprehension about the prevalence of cyberbullying on social media platforms, especially among young individuals.
She stressed the need for swift responses to harassment and threats on these platforms, drawing attention to international standards where such actions bear legal consequences.
Ojo said, “We need you to help us look into the law that as a parent, Children are cautioned not to mess up and threaten people’s lives on social media. Social media is not a child’s play”.
The lawyer in the delegation advocated for the establishment of a dedicated social media desk to handle cyberbullying cases, offering a platform for victims to report incidents.
Ojo also added” In the foreign world, you can’t just threaten people’s lives and not get a repercussion for it. Many times Mohbad cries out about the bullying on social media and nothing is done. There should be a rapid response to the harassment on social media”.
Chioma expressed the widespread lack of trust in the police force among Nigerians and urged them to enhance their performance, emphasizing the importance of instilling hope in the younger generation.
Kiekie added that there should be no supremacy. Youths should be given hope in the system. She appreciated the police for the welcoming attitude which gave her another hope in the system.
In response, the Commissioner of Police, Owohunwa expressed gratitude for their commitment to seeking societal justice. He pledged his unwavering dedication to upholding justice for all citizens, irrespective of their social status.
The Commissioner revealed ongoing efforts to establish a state-of-the-art complaint response unit in Lagos, designed to streamline and digitize the reporting process, making it accessible from the comfort of one’s home.
Regarding Mohbad’s case, the Commissioner revealed an ongoing collaboration with the state government to initiate a coroner inquest, adhering to due legal procedures. He outlined the protocol for dealing with suspects once evidence is cleared.
Owohunwa said, “We are looking for justice, I have related to several groups. Not everyone is looking for justice. What you represent is societal justice. I appreciate you. I think you have set a standard. We agree to walk in partnership to deliver justice, You have given me the courage and assurance for a stable state.
“To the specifics, for the trust. One thing is that under my watch in Lagos, whether Mohbad or any low-level citizen, I stand for justice, The farthest we can go is by much evidential quality.
When we started the murder of Senator Yayi’s aide case. We had this same kind of attention. I am confident of the capacity of my officers to ensure justice. In Lagos state, we’ve set up a complaint response unit and Lagos state is the first to start it was set up 3 weeks ago by the IG and it is a full record centre and digitized to use from the comfort of your home.
We are working out the coroner inquest with the state government, it has a legal process. Let’s follow due process. Speaking on the arrest of the suspects, he said that once evidence is cleared, the first tool to use is to declare them wanted and the second tool is the Interpol. You should get full information and results about Mohbad’s death in two weeks. We are working on the videos as it gives us a wider picture. Give us the space of two weeks”.