Popular Nigerian rapper Naira Marley has denied any involvement in the death of his former record label signee, Mohbad.
Marlian Record CEO said he has honoured the invitation extended to him by police to return to Nigeria to help with the ongoing investigations.
In a lengthy statement shared on his Instagram page on Tuesday, September 26, Naira Marley said he was "in shock" over Mohbad's "untimely death", maintaining that he had "no hand in his death, either directly or indirectly."
The controversial artist, whose real name is Azeez Fashola, described rumors linking him to Mohbad's passing as "lies" being spread to tarnish his reputation and reputation globally.
"I am fully cooperating with the Police team and I certainly have no reason to be a fugitive when I have no hand in his death," Naira Marley stated in a part of the statement.
The 32-year-old rapper, who has been abroad since August 31, added that he is "making arrangements to return to the country to assist the investigation and give my version of the events."
He vehemently denied accusations that his label Marlian Music was a front for drug operations, saying "I am not a drug lord, neither do I belong to any cult or fraternity."
He further claimed that disagreements with Mohbad prior to his exit from the label last year September were never serious and were being resolved through legal means.