Nigerian socialite, Balogun Olamilekan Eletu, popularly known as Sam Larry, has clarified the reasons behind his altercation with the late singer, Mohbad.
KanyiDaily recalls that Sam Larry has been facing backlash after a video of him and some people harassing Mohbad before his death, surfaced on social media.
In the video, Mohbad and another artist, Zlatan Ibile were on set for a music video when Sam Larry stormed the scene with some boys targeting Mohbad, who scampered away in fear.
The video left many Nigerians on social media furious as they lambast Larry while calling for his arrest as the primary suspect in Mohbad’s untimely death.
On Thursday, the police arrested Sam Larry, a close aide of Mohbad’s former boss, Naira Marley, at the airport upon his return from Kenya to Nigeria.
In a statement shared on Friday via his Snapchat, Sam Larry explained that he had paid Mohbad N2 million to perform at his mother’s annual remembrance concert in Ikorodu two years ago.
According to him, Mohbad failed to fulfill the commitment, citing illness and subsequent financial issues, which was why he confronted the late singer over the unpaid debt during the video shoot.
The statement reads, “Two year’s ago, I gave Ileri N2 million to perform at my mother’s annual remembrance concert at Ikorodu.
“The boy never turned up. So I called him to ask why. He then said he was not feeling well.
“When I asked for a refund, he said he lost his phone and money recently when the NDLEA raided his place and since he was leaving Marlian Records, he is now broke, with no commitment to repay.
“I then left, all for me to later hear that this same boy was having a musical video shoot next door, practically the next street to my house.
“So I went there to ask for my money again. We had an argument that lasted five minutes. Even one of his friends insisted he was going pay the money. Up till today one kobo they have not paid me. This was early last year. I have since moved on.
“I travelled to Kenya to find new African act that can perform at my mother’s concert this year. I have been away since August 20!
“Till now I don’t know anything other than what was written in the blogs and press. I don’t even know where he lives I only know his former label boss and their house.
“I don’t know any nurse or doctor or hospital. I don’t know anything about his movement, I don’t have that time. I have lost a lot more money than that before; you win some you lose some.
“That is my story, case close. I came here willingly and happily. I know nothing about how the musician died.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo had expressed her hope that Sam Larry’s arrest wouldn’t turn into a complex narrative akin to a “Super Story.”