The Ogun State Police Command on Monday threatened to arrest a controversial Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as ‘Portable’ if he refused to report himself to the nearest police station immediately.
The command was in response to a viral video wherein Portable ordered a group of youths to beat up a young man at a yet-to-be-identified location in Ogun State.
In the video, the singer said the victim of the attack offended him earlier but forgave him after several pleas.
The victim came under attack after he allegedly called Portable’s wife, saying, “tell your husband to send all those boys around him away as they are not destined to make it.”
The victim reportedly sustained injuries following the attack.
The police, however, frowned at the development, describing it as “barbaric.”
The police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, through a statement, ordered the Zaazu crooner to report to the nearest police station or risk being arrested.
The statement read in part: “The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media where a famous hip-hop musician Habeeb Okikiola a.k.a Portable, the Zazu crooner was seen organising some youths to beat up a young man and inflict bodily injury on him.
“The incident was said to have taken place somewhere within Ogun State about two days ago. Such unruly and violent behaviour is not only barbaric but unbecoming of somebody who is supposed to be a role model for the youths and should not be tolerated.”
The police insist that if Portable’s unruly behaviour is not checked, the same act will send wrong signals to the youths.
Given this, the Command is using this medium to advise Okikiola Habeeb, a.k.a Portable, to report himself at the nearest police station in Ogun State, failure of which his arrest will be ordered.
“The flagrant display of impunity by portable in the viral video is condemnable, and if not checked, it will send a wrong signal to the youths looking up to him as a role model.
“Jungle justice has no place in our laws, and whoever embarked on it must be made to feel the weight of the law, no matter the status of such a person.”