Nigerian artist Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has taken legal action against actress Iyabo Ojo alleging the spread of false and defamatory content on her Instagram account.

Mohbad: Naira Marley accuses Iyabo Ojo of defamation, demands N500m

In a letter sent to Ojo, Naira Marley's lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, outlined the allegations made in a September 2023 post, stating that the actress accused Naira Marley of engaging in spiritual and physical relations with the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely known as Mohbad.

The lawyer further stated that Ojo accused Naira Marley of causing mental harm to Mohbad, whom he referred to as his brother.

Mohbad: Naira Marley accuses Iyabo Ojo of defamation, demands N500m

Naira Marley’s lawyer is seeking N500 million compensation from Ojo and a public apology.

The lawyer asked that the apology be posted on Ojo's official Instagram account and published in a national daily.

According to Naira Marley's lawyer, failure to comply with the condition imposed on her would force them to file a case against her.

Mohbad: Naira Marley accuses Iyabo Ojo of defamation, demands N500m

The letter reads in part: “We are lawyers for Azeez Fashola (also known as Naira Marley), an internationally renowned British and Nigerian singer/artist with over seven million followers, hereinafter referred to as our client, in accordance with whose instructions we have written on the above subject.

“It is necessary to preface this letter by stating that in recognition of our client's iconic status, the Nigerian Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has engaged him to use his skills and platforms to publish content that will discourage millions of his followers and Young People. Nigerians from substance abuse.

“It is our instruction that sometime in September 2023, you maliciously and falsely posted about 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 still go explain taya bcos dey evidence, that your interview you still going to do again…make sure we get justice for Mohbad first”.

“It is indisputably clear that the words quoted above are, in their ordinary and natural meanings, meant or understood to mean by ordinary right-thinking members of the public who read the post that our client is a drug addict and that he mixed the food and drinks that our Client gave to the boys who were drugged with him, with the consequent effect of causing a monumental destruction of their lives.

“Your publication of the above words on the Internet, easily accessible to users of the system, constituted a very serious defamation and caused colossal damage to our client's reputation.

“It is indisputably clear that the above-cited publication, which has been read by countless Internet users around the world, is defamatory of our Client and has brought him to public ridicule and contempt, with resulting damage to our Client's reputation.

“It is our further instruction that since publication, our Client has been inundated with calls from your followers, colleagues, friends and fans around the world who have read the post expressing their disgust and dismay at the defamatory and slanderous publication you have made in such a malicious and falsely posted on its official Instagram with the name “iyaboojofespris” of and referring to our Client.”