The musician allegedly injured a policeman and beat up a fellow in Otta area of Ogun State, while also resisting arrest.
The Nigeria Police Force has said that controversial singer, Habeeb Okikiola, more commonly called Portable, will be facing at least a six-count charge when he appears in the court following his arrest by the Ogun State Police Command.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, stated this in a Twitter post, adding that the musician allegedly injured a policeman and beat up a fellow in Otta area of Ogun State, while also resisting arrest.
While responding to an inquiry, Adejobi said, “I am sure u are very awake as I have addressed MCs case, but Portable has more than 6 count charges to attend to, apart from resisting arrest and injuring a policeman.
“He will be charged to court for beating up a guy in Otta, who filed a petition to CP Ogun.
“There are many pending cases of assaults on people and attacks, and he will be investigated because people have complained against him.
“So, there is no sentiment in law, let him appear in court, and allow the judge to listen to the charges against him. He has no constitutional immunity anyway. Ire o.”
SaharaReporters had during the week reported that the police arrested the singer, after expiration of 72 hour ultimatum to turn himself in.
This had been confirmed by the Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi who said the “Zazoo Zeh” crooner was arrested on Friday and he was at the state headquarters of the police in Eleweran, Abeokuta.
Recall that SaharaReporters had reported how Portable on Tuesday was in hot exchanges with operatives of the Nigerian police force who stormed his bar to arrest him.
The incident was captured on his verified Instagram page in live videos, where the Zazu Zeh crooner was seen challenging the authority of the police as they attempted to cart him away.
Portable made certain to question the officers about his offence and even demanded to see their identification cards. He also rebuffed the officers' attempts to stop him, telling them that he was a superstar and celebrity.
According to one of the officers, they came to arrest the singer because of the petition against him, and they told him that he is not above the law and cannot dictate how they operate.
The police later revealed that they had received a petition against the singer and had summoned him for questioning five times, but he had refused each time. According to the police command, they went to pick him up from his bar after obtaining a warrant, but he resisted arrest.
Manny Monie, a former signee of the singer, revealed in a video posted online that he was the one who wrote the petition to the police against the singer. According to Monie, the petition was written in December of last year, and efforts to bring Portable in for questioning had failed.
“I was the one that wrote the petition against portable. It is not today we wrote the petition. We wrote it since December last year. The police have tried their possible best. They did not want his name to ‘spoil’ online so they invited him over. They gave him at least three months to say his own side of the story. He beat me, assaulted me, seized my property, made false allegations against me online,” Monie said.
Reacting to the video by his former signee, Portable accused Manny Monie of being a fraudster. He said Monie was his apprentice and that he indeed assaulted Monie.
He said beating up his apprentice was not something the police should get involved in.