The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has on Monday ordered fast-rising hip-hop singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, to report himself at the nearest police station, over a video clip circulating on social media, where he organised some youths to beat up a young man.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Command’s spokesperson announced this in a statement issued, on Monday, by the Nigerian police, noting that the incident happened somewhere within the state about two days ago where the young man was inflicted with bodily injury as a result of the beating.
It was stated in the statement that the arrest of the Zazzu crooner would be ordered if he failed to honour the invitation of the Nigerian police.
They also condemned and described the singer’s actions in the video as a display of impunity that needs to be curbed to avoid him passing the wrong information to the youths who are looking up to him as a role model.
The PPRO described the act as barbaric, unruly, and unbecoming of Okikiola, who was supposed to be a role model for the youths.
The statement reads:
“The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media where a popular 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 therefore should not be tolerated.
“In view of 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 who are 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 person.”
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