The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi has disclosed plans to investigate and prosecute singer Habeeb Okikiola, known better as Portable, over unruly behaviour.
The police explained the move had become imperative after the singer was seen in a viral video acting irrationally and insulting police officers performing their legal duties at his bar.
He said the singer’s action was criminal and punishable by the criminal laws of Nigeria.
The statement read: “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 offense.
“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.”
This comes after the state Police Command issued a 72-hour ultimatum for the sensational singer to report himself to the nearest police station or be arrested by Friday.
The State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi said Portable had been informed to submit himself to the police or risk being arrested.
He also confirmed that Portable’s father had pleaded on his son’s behalf and promised to bring him to the station.