Habeeb Okikiola, a popular Nigerian singer who goes by the stage name Portable, found himself in the midst of controversy when he appeared before an Ogun State Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The court hearing was in relation to his detention at the police headquarters on Friday, March 31, following his refusal to respond to multiple invitations.
Portable’s arrest was not only due to his failure to respond to police invites but also as a result of accusations of assault against one of his associates. The gravity of the accusation and his reluctance to respond to the police’s request led to his arrest and detention at the police headquarters.
On Monday, April 3, Portable was brought before the court to face the charges against him. Despite the charges levelled against him, Portable pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The court proceedings were rigorous, and the judge carefully evaluated the evidence presented before ruling on the case. Following the hearing, the court granted Portable bail, allowing him to go free as he awaits further proceedings in the matter.
Part of that charges read: “That you Badmus Habeeb Okikiola, aka Portable, and others now at large on the 28″ day of March 2023 at 11:00hrs at Odogwu Bar, Oke-Osa, Ilogbo, Ifo in the Ifo Magisterial District, did willfully cause or inflict physical injury on one Inspector Hammed Moshood ‘m’ with your elbow on his nose, which caused blood to gush out from his nose and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 4 (1) of the Violence against persons & Prohibition Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2017.
“That you Badmus Habeeb Okikiola, M. aka Portable, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did resist to be arrested by Inspector Hammed Moshood ‘m’, ASP Gregory Iyoha ‘m’, ASP Kunle Badmus ‘m’ after serving you with Police Invitation Letter on the 20 day of January, 2023 for the offences you committed when they were about to discharge their duty with warrant of arrest on you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 197 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.”
While the hearing may have ended with Portable’s release on bail, the controversy surrounding his arrest and the accusations against him continue to reverberate across the music industry and the public sphere.
The media attention generated by the case underscores the importance of personal responsibility and accountability for one’s actions.
It also highlights the need for individuals in positions of influence to maintain high ethical standards and to be accountable for their actions.
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