Afeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, a Nigerian singer, has accused Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo of slander and libel against him.Afeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, a Nigerian singer, has accused Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo of slander and libel against him.

The musician wants the actress to apologise publicly and has threatened to sue for N500 million if she does not.

Olalekan Ojo, Naira Marley’s lawyer, detailed the claims made in a September 2023 article, noting that the actress accused Naira Marley of indulging in spiritual and physical interactions with the late musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, in a letter written to Ojo.

According to the lawyer, the actress also accused Naira Marley of causing mental injury to the late singer.

Referring to some of Iyabo Ojo’s online posts, the lawyer representing Naira Marley requested that the actress publish an apology on her official Instagram account and in a national daily within seven days of receiving the letter, failing which they will initiate legal proceedings and seek N500 million in damages from the actress, as well as a court injunction prohibiting Iyabo Ojo from repeating similar libel.

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The letter in part reads, “We are Solicitors to Azeez Fashola (a.k.a. Naira Marley) an internationally renowned British and Nigerian Singer/Artist with over seven million followers hereinafter referred to as our client pursuant to whose instruction we write concerning the aboveheaded subject matter.

“It is necessary to preface this letter by stating that in recognition of the iconic status of our client, the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) engaged him to use his skills and platforms to put out content that will discourage millions of his followers and Nigerian youths from substance abuse.

“It is our instruction that sometime in September 2023, you maliciously and falsely published of and concerning our client on your official instagram handle ‘iyaboojofespris’ the following words: and destroying their lives and leaving them without a kobo to get help…….you go still explain taya bcos evidence dey, that your interview you go still re do am again…….make we get justice for Mohbad first”.

“It is unarguably clear that the above quoted words are in their ordinary and natural meanings meant or were understood to mean by ordinary right thinking members of the public that have read the post that our Client is a drug addict and that he laced the food and drinks which our Client gave to the boys staying with him with drugs with the resultant effect of occasioning monumental destruction of their lives.

“Your publication of the above words on the internet which is readily accessible to users of the system constituted a very serious libel and has caused our client colossal damage to his reputation.

“It is incontestably clear that the above-quoted publication which has been read by countless internet users globally is defamatory of our Client and has brought him to public ridicule and contempt with the resultant damage to our Client’s reputation.”