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US lab debunks conducting poison test on Mohbad

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The management of the National Medical Services Laboratories in Pennsylvania, United States of America, has refuted the claim by the Lagos State Government that a toxicology test to ascertain the cause of the death of singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, was conducted at its facility.

The claim by the NMS Labs was in response to inquiries made by our correspondent, who embarked on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the musician’s cause of death.

Before embarking on the fact-finding mission, some concerned members of the public reportedly protested against the claim made by a pathologist, who appeared before the Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, May 15, and said an autopsy could not ascertain Mohbad’s cause of death because his corpse had decomposed.

We had reported that the counsel for the state government, O. Akinde, told the Coroner’s Court sitting in the Ikorodu area of the state sometime in November 2023 that a toxicology test, which is an aspect of an autopsy seeking to determine the cause of Mohbad’s death, was conducted in the United States.

Buttressing this claim, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, while responding to inquiries via a live telephone call with Ahmad Isah, the anchor of an Abuja-based online programme, Brekete Family, sometime in February 2024, said the toxicology test was being conducted at the NMS Labs in Pennsylvania, USA.

“The matter is being handled by the state DNA and Forensic Centre, but they are doing skeletal services, and they have affiliate centres which are three.

“So, if there is an emergency like this one that we have, they will not say they cannot handle it. So, there are three of them in the US and the one handling this particular one is the NMS in Pennsylvania, USA,” Omotoso said during the live programme.

The result of the test reportedly arrived in Nigeria sometime in April 2024 and was passed on to a pathologist for interpretation.

Appearing before the coroner’s court, the pathologist disclosed that the autopsy could not ascertain the cause of Mohbad’s death because the corpse had decomposed.

However, during the fact-finding mission, our correspondent independently verified the location of the NMS Labs on 3701 Welsh Road Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and that of two NMS crime labs on Stratford Avenue, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and another at Grand Prairie in Texas.

The single e-mail address that these labs had been using for correspondence was also discovered on the NMS Labs’ website and our correspondent sent an inquiry to confirm if a toxicology test to ascertain Mohbad’s death was conducted at their facility.

The inquiry read in part, “I am a journalist from Punch Newspaper in Nigeria, currently working on a story involving the death of Nigerian hip-hop artiste, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad.

“Following the Lagos State Government’s active interest in the case, the state Commissioner for Information revealed that the government conducted a toxicology test on the late artiste at your facility. Here is the link where he said so at 32:21 (https://youtu.be/SW59DTJZV3I?si=ty0OaXJSTvfuC4Oz).

“However, conflicting reports have emerged, casting doubt on whether or not the toxicology test indeed took place at your facility. As a journalist committed to factual reporting, I am independently reaching out to your facility to verify the authenticity of this claim. Clarification on this matter will contribute significantly to resolving the discrepancies surrounding the artist’s demise.”

Responding to newsmen on May 17, the Client Services Associate, Forensics Division, NMS Labs, Esther Dede, refuted the claim by the state government that Mohbad’s toxicology test was conducted at any of their laboratories.

“Unfortunately, we do not have a case for that patient,” Dede said.

Dede, however, noted, “To maintain our compliance with HIPAA privacy regulations, we would need authorisation from the submitting agency.”

When contacted on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Information, Omotoso, said that was the name of the lab given to him by the state DNA and Forensic Centre.

“This was what I was told by the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre officials who took the sample there. We are dealing with the officials of the centre, they have three other labs that they have affiliations with. If they have an emergency, they can go to any of the three labs. I asked which particular one did they go to and they answered it was that one. That means I will have to go and check again because that was what I was told.”

Mohbad died at the age of 27, on September 12, 2023, with circumstances surrounding his death sparking controversies on social media.

Being a former record label signee of Marlian Music owned by Naira Marley, Mohbad left the label in February 2022. The Lagos State Police Command had on September 18, 2023, inaugurated a 13-man special investigation team to probe the singer’s death.

His death also led to the arrest of Naira Marley and controversial Lagos socialite, Balogun Eletu, also known as Sam Larry, amongst others.

The singer’s body was on September 21, 2023, exhumed for autopsy to unravel the cause of his death.

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Analysts caution investors against Davido’s meme coin

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Financial analysts have raised concerns over Davido’s newly launched meme coin and warned about the associated risks.

The introduction of the coin into the market has sparked a debate within financial circles.

Experts have highlighted similarities to historical Ponzi schemes, such as MMM, where millions of investors lost substantial amounts of money.

Analysts argued that such coins often capitalise on the popularity of individuals without strong underlying fundamentals or a clear business model.

A financial analyst, Vincent Nwani, stated that if such a coin was allowed to flourish, it would negatively affect the Nigerian financial system.

He said, “To begin with, I’m a huge fan of Davido, his music, and his family, and I will continue to enjoy his tremendous contribution to the Nigerian entertainment industry. Notwithstanding, the recently launched Davido coin is a bit overboard for me because of its semblance to various Ponzi schemes that we have contended with in this economy.”

He noted that Davido’s celebrity status and fan base were the primary drivers of the coin’s value proposition.

“I say this for so many reasons. First, the workings of the coin seem to be conceived on the strength of Davido’s popularity, which he follows with a firm belief that the platform can successfully leverage his brand. If such a coin is allowed to thrive, what it does is that other popular personalities in Nigeria will quickly follow suit, and gross cases of abuse become inevitable. No doubt, this reality has a downside implication for the Nigerian financial system.

“The MMM experience remains so fresh in our minds. Three million Nigerians lost about N18bn to MMM, and this must not be allowed to happen again.”

The Security Exchange Commission has stated that the meme coin did not get regulatory approval and warned capital market operators not to associate with it.

Another financial analyst, Ambrose Omorodion, advised anyone without financial knowledge to avoid investing in cryptocurrency, adding that the SEC would not take the business to court if investors suffered losses.

“In the financial market, we need more products to fall into. However, meme coins are highly risky and I believe that is why the SEC came out to warn people that they are risky.

“Also, since cryptocurrency has emerged in the global space, I can see that people are now venturing into it, but my advice is that if they do not have the financial knowledge, they should not go into it or invest at all. The SEC will not sue the company if investors become victims,” he explained.

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Osas Ighodaro opens up about how losing her mum changed her

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Nollywood actress Osas Ighodaro has explained how losing her mother made her become more carefree and less worried about people’s opinions about her.

Speaking on Arise TV, the actress opened up about the shift in her approach to life, which made her more free-spirited.

“I know a transition happened for me because I used to be in my head a lot and I used to worry about what people thought about me a lot. But when I went through the experience of losing my mum in 2020, I realised how much she gave to so many people and she didn’t take care of herself.”

She stressed that losing her mum led her to prioritise her self-expression and self-love over worrying about others’ opinions. Ighodaro stated that changing her mindset also enabled her to enjoy life and what it has to offer and she has been happier since.

The actress explained, “I said ‘Wait a minute? I’m not going to end up like that. I’m going to live my life and I’m going to the the best that I can be and I want to represent her legacy to the best of my abilities. It’s been free since then, I’ve been living life and being happy and enjoying every moment; whether it’s good or bad. You either learn from it or enjoy it and that’s how I live my life.”

“A lot of people come up to me and say ‘I love your dancing,’ and that’s part of the freedom for me. I used to be so self-conscious before but who cares at this point, I am a thespian but I’m also someone who loves life and loves to travel and enjoy herself and dance,” she concluded.

See the full interview below:

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UPTH says Burna Boy only paid medical bills of selected patients during visit

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The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has clarified reports claiming Burna Boy settled the medical bills of all its patients.

In early June, the Afrofusion singer visited the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) and its teaching hospital.

Burna Boy was said to have settled the outstanding medical bills of some patients.

Some reports, however, claimed that the singer covered the bills of all the hospital’s patients.

Elabha Meni, the institution’s spokesperson, has now clarified that Burna Boy only selected patients for cash gifts or donations.

Meni said in a statement on Friday that the hospital did not receive any direct payment from Burna Boy on behalf of patients.

“We commend Burna Boy’s kindness in financially assisting select patients in our hospital to offset their bills during his visit on June 11,” Meni said.

“However, contrary to reports stating that all patients’ bills in UPTH were paid during the visit, only selected patients received cash gifts or donations.

“The hospital did not receive direct payments from the musician and his team on behalf of patients to support this worthy course of reducing healthcare costs.”

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

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