Reps move to protect Mohbad’s royalties, music rights,

The House of Representatives has summoned the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) to develop means to protect the music rights of late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.

This resolution was a sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos), on Tuesday.

Mohbad, 27, passed away on 12 September and was buried the following day in Ikorodu, Lagos State. However, following public outrage, the police exhumed his body for autopsy in the course of investigation into his death.

Moving the motion, Mr Benson said young people in Nigeria are still seeking to know the cause of the death of the superstar.

He explained that the lawmakers need to monitor the ongoing investigation in order to protect the legacy of the late music star.

The rep said it was evident that Mohbad’s fans were struggling to come to terms with his untimely demise, adding that Mohbad also known as Imole, “light” in Yoruba, was an artist who sang of peace and light.

He further said Mohbad left his record label, Marlian Records, owned by Azeez Fashola (Naira Marley) in 2022, citing various grievances, including unpaid royalties.

“Mohbad left his record label, Marlian Records, owned by Azeez Fashola (Naira Marley), in 2022, citing various grievances, including unpaid royalties. This issue is indicative of a broader problem in which artists encounter challenges asserting their rights.

“Most of the proceeds of the late artist are still going to the Marlian Music Group, and there have been no moves from any agency to protect the Estate of the late singer who is currently the 46th best-selling digital artiste in the world,” he said.

“A disturbing industry practice has come to the fore. Evidence of mistreatment highlights the struggles of young artists who, in their quest for success, become entangled in parasitic contracts and face bullying when they seek to exit these agreements,” he said.

Consequently, the House resolved that the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) must put measures in place immediately to protect his rights.

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