In a bold move, Fresh FM 106.9 FM, Ado in Ekiti State, a privately owned radio broadcast station, has announced a temporary ban on the music of Nigerian sensation, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley. This decision, which has stirred quite a buzz, comes in the wake of the tragic passing of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji, famously known as MohBad, and the growing controversies surrounding Naira Marley.
The ban was revealed through a post on the station’s Instagram handle, @freshfm1069adoekiti, signed by Oluwaseunfunmi Williams, the Head of Production and Music Content at Fresh FM. This development follows a similar ban imposed by Splash FM 105.5 Ibadan, Oyo State, on Naira Marley’s songs just a day earlier.
MohBad, a former artist signed under Naira Marley’s Marlian Records, left this world at the tender age of 27, sending shockwaves through the music industry. Fresh FM’s statement read, “Following the public outcry over the tragic demise of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (MohBad), the alleged victimization shown in various viral videos, and the involvement of members of his former record label (Marlian Records), Fresh 106.9 FM has suspended the airplay of all songs and content associated with Marlian Records.”
In response to the mounting concerns, the Lagos State Police Command has taken action by establishing a special investigative team tasked with unraveling the circumstances surrounding MohBad’s death. The team, comprised of 13 members, is mandated “to identify witnesses, culprits if any, and any person that will be helpful to the investigative process,” as stated in a document released by the Lagos spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin. They will also employ various technological tools to aid in the investigation in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and State Laws.
As the music industry and the public await further developments, Fresh FM’s decision to ban Naira Marley’s songs underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a thorough investigation into the events leading to MohBad’s untimely demise.