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Court Orders Mohbad’s widow to be served DNA Application Notice

A Magistrate Court sitting in the Ikorodu area of Lagos has ordered that Wunmi, the wife of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba popularly known as Mohbad, be served notice of a pending DNA test application, by substituted means.

According to a statement by Monisola Odumosu, a member of the Aloba family’s legal team, the court’s decision comes after unsuccessful attempts by the court sheriff to personally deliver the documents to Wunmi. Emmanuel Oroko, leading the legal team, argued for substituted service after two failed attempts to reach Wunmi directly.

It will be recalled that the Aloba family is contesting the paternity of baby Liam and filed an application before the Family Court to grant an order against Wunmi to present herself and baby Liam for a DNA test at any recognised laboratory in Lagos.

In the application filed by the legal team to Joseph Aloba, father to the late singer, the family sought an order to serve Wunmi the court papers for the DNA, by posting all the originating processes and other processes in the suit on the last-known address of the respondent.

Odumosu said, “If the process were served on the last-known address of the respondent by Order of the Court, it would constitute good service and she would be aware of the pending suit. The Chief Magistrate granted the order and ordered that the respondent be served by posting the court process on her last known address.

The statement added that the singer’s wife, in a viral video, said she was ready for a DNA test, noting that she had never been available for the court sheriff to serve her the originating motion.

Odumosu also added that the matter had been adjourned till next month for the report of service.

Counsel to Wunmi, Taiwo Olawanle, has however denied knowledge of the court order.

He said, “We don’t have the court order. If we have an order, we will advise her to adhere to it. That is not a problem. But we are not aware of any order”.

While reactions on social media reflect divided opinions, with some expressing support for Wunmi and others advocating for the truth to prevail, the legal process continues. The outcome of the pending DNA test will likely have significant implications for all parties involved and may bring clarity to the paternity dispute surrounding baby Liam.

Mohbad, aged 27, died on September 12, 2023, under controversial circumstances. In September 2023, The singer’s body was exhumed for autopsy to unravel the cause of his death.

The Lagos State Police Command had in the same September also 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.

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