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Portable arrested after he refuses to honour police invitation, 72 hours ultimatum

Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly called Portable, over an alleged assault on its officers.

SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the arrest of the singer of the popular song, Zazu, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on Friday.

Oyeyemi stated that the singer is currently being held at the state headquarters of the police in Eleweran, Abeokuta.

He explained that the police had extended invitation to the singer severally, after a citizen reported to the police that Portable assaulted him but added that the singer refused to honour the invitation.

The police spokesman told NAN that the singer would remain in police custody till Monday when he would be charged to court.

NAN reports that on Tuesday, two videos of the musician assaulting some men of the Nigeria police surfaced on the internet.

In the two videos, Portable claimed that an internet fraudster had brought the police to his bar to arrest his staff members for no reason, but the police stated that it acted on a petition.

Displeased by the conduct of Okikiola (Portable) toward the officers, the police gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the singer to report himself which he failed to do, resulting subsequently to his arrest on Friday.

“There is a petition against him from a Nigerian to the fact that the singer went and destroyed the person’s studio and ordered his boys to beat up the studio owner.

“He was beaten black and blue and that was the basis of the petition in the first instance.

“Based on that, an invitation letter was sent to him, not once, not twice, not three times, but he refused to honour the invitation.

“When he refused to honour the invitation, police officers were sent to effect his arrest and on getting there he assaulted the officers.

“But today, he has been arrested. He is with us. Investigation has commenced and as soon as we conclude our investigation, Okikiola will be charged to court,” he said

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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