Nigerian Afrobeats star Mohbad was brought in dead hospital says debunking media reports that the artiste died in their care mystery deepens
Perez Medcare Hospital in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, where the Afrobeats star Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad was allegedly taken to for urgent care, has released a statement concerning the singer’s death.
In the statement shared on its Instagram page on Monday night, the hospital stated that the singer was brought in dead at the hospital. The hospital also debunked rumours that the singer was admitted into the hospital.
The statement read, “The attention of the management of Perez Medcare Hospital has been drawn to the misleading and false information being circulated in some social media platforms that Mr. Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (AKA Mohbad) died in our medical facility.
“We consider it pertinent to put on record that at about 04:30pm on the 12th of September 2023, the lifeless body of Mr. Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (AKA Mohbad) was brought to our medical facility and our medical team immediately sprang into action and after assessment, it was discovered that there was no sign of life, no central or peripheral pulse, no heartbeat, no recordable vital signs and his pupils were fixed and dilated.
“On attempting CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), rigor mortis (stiffening of some parts of the body in relation to death) was observed and the persons who brought him to our facility were informed that it was a case of BID (Brought in dead).
“Upon enquiry about the circumstances leading to the emergency, our team was informed that the deceased was being treated at home by a nurse and that she administered injections on him.
“Our team thereafter advised that the body be taken to the nearest Government Hospital where he can be deposited in the morgue.
“Let it be known that Mr. Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (AKA Mohbad) was not a patient of Perez Medcare Hospital and was never admitted at our hospital at any material time whatsoever.
People gather to protest for justice over death of late Nigerian singer, Mohbad, in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria September 21, 2023. REUTERS/Seun Sanni
“Also, the nurse who was said to be administering treatment on him at home is not a staff of Perez Medcare Hospital and the video of the medical facility circulating In the media space in which the late Mr. Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (AKA Mohbad) is seen alive and receiving treatment is not Perez Medcare Hospital.”
The Lagos state Police Command in a statement on X assured his numerous fans.
“As assured by the CP, the autopsy was promptly carried out, by some of the best forensic pathologists in the country, in the presence of family members.
“While we await the result, we urge everyone to remain calm and confident in the process. There is absolutely no underhand dealing, as feared by some concerned persons. In the meantime, other aspects of the investigation are also progressing well.”
Nigerians marched in several states last week in an outpouring of grief and to press authorities to investigate the death two weeks ago, forcing the police to exhume his body last Thursday for an autopsy.
According to police sources, a police doctor will examine the remains inside and out. They will remove internal organs for testing and collect samples of tissue or bodily fluids such as blood.
The exam usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Many times, experts can figure out the cause of death in that time.
But in other cases, It takes time as the police forensics lab can do more tests to look for signs of drugs, poisons, or disease. That can take several days or weeks.
Results of the autopsy will be made public, police said.
Akowe with reports from Lagos