Omowunmi Aloba, the widow of late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, has revealed that her relationship with her father-in-law, Mr. Joseph Aloba, took a turn for the worse following the birth of her son, Liam.
Testifying at the coroner’s inquest into her husband’s death, Omowunmi narrated how her father-in-law’s anger towards her stemmed from Mohbad’s decision not to hold their son’s naming ceremony in Ikorodu, Mr. Aloba’s hometown.
“Mr. Aloba accused me of influencing Mohbad’s decision to go against his wish,” Omowunmi alleged, adding that the situation further deteriorated when Mr. Aloba repeatedly brought different women to their matrimonial home.
“My mother even caught him on one occasion,” she disclosed.
Omowunmi’s testimony painted a picture of a strained relationship between her and her father-in-law, which she believes contributed to the tension within the family.
“I used to have a very good relationship with my father-in-law before Liam’s birth,” she recalled. “I used to invite him to our house on many occasions.”
However, she lamented that Mr. Aloba’s resentment towards her grew, blaming her for the rift between him and his son.
“He became my enemy and stopped talking to me like before,” she said.
Omowunmi’s testimony also shed light on the alleged bullying and harassment Mohbad faced from his friends and associates at Malian Records, his record label.
“Mohbad was humiliated, harassed, and bullied many times before his death,” she asserted, adding that these incidents contributed to his emotional distress.
At the commencement of the inquest, the coroner, Magistrate Adedayo Shotobi, expressed his condolences to Omowunmi over her husband’s passing and assured her that justice would be served in the case.