Portable to face prosecution for ‘inciting violence against officers’ – Force Headquarters
Popular Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola aka Portable may be sent to jail for alleged unruly conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and incitement of violence against the officers.
This was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Wednesday, March 29.
Portable had a heated exchange with men of the Ogun State Police command that stormed his restaurant to arrest him.
The Zazuu star resisted arrest and challenged them to know the reason for showing up and went on Instagram live to reveal that a Yahoo boy hired 20 police officers to intimidate him.
“Show me your arrest warrant. Why did you come to my office to arrest people? You came and everyone was running. A yahoo boy sent police to arrest me just because I advised him to stop doing yahoo and vent into music.
”Are the police and Yahoo boys now working together? I don’t do Yahoo. I’m a musician. If you want to invite me to your station, you will invite me with money,” he said in a viral video.
The security personnel were eventually forced to leave his office after their failed attempt to take him to the station.
Following the incident, Adejobi in a statement titled “Portable’s conduct unruly, punishable under the law”, said the police officers in the viral video were only carrying out their legal duty.
He explained that police authorities will take necessary action to investigate and prosecute Portable if he is found guilty of any criminal offence.
The statement reads; “The Nigeria Police Force has condemned the actions of one Habeeb Okikiola popularly known by his stage name Portable, in a viral video, where he was seen exhibiting irrational behavior and hurling insults at Police Officers carrying out their legal duty, an action which is criminal and punishable by the criminal laws of Nigeria.
The action of the singer in the video was unruly and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and incitement of violence against the officers who were detailed to execute a warrant of arrest on him for series of allegations of criminal acts leveled against Mr Portable.
The NPF will take all necessary steps to investigate his actions and ensure that he is prosecuted for any criminal activity he may have committed depending on the severity of the offence. The Police will not condone any unruly act, assault or attack on its officers who are on lawful duty. We need to respect our law enforcement agents who perpetually take the risk of maintaining law and order and fight crimes and criminality in our society.”