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Portable arrested over N14 million car debt

The controversial lewd musician Habeeb Okikiola popularly called Portable has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command over alleged debt of N14 million, said to be balance of a G-wagon car he bought.

Penpushing reports that Portable was said to have approached a car dealer to purchase the exotic car at N27million and thereafter paid N13million with a pledge to pay balance of N14million, which for months refused to pay as at the time of filing this report.

The Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer Benjamin Hundeyin who confirmed the arrest explained that rather than offset the outstanding debt, Portable claimed the vehicle was faulty, adding that even when the car dealer asked him to return the vehicle, he ignored the request, but busy riding the vehicle

“He bought a Gwagon for 27million.He paid N13million and refused to pay the balance. He claims the vehicle is faulty and therefore will not pay the balance. The dealer asked him to bring the vehicle. He refused to return the vehicle and refused to balance up”, Hundeyin said.

Penpushing further reports that the musician was subsequently arrested and as at the time of filing this report he is in custody of police at Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja Lagos State, but it was not yet clear if he would be charge to court

The Hip-hop musician it is recalled had a brush with the police in Ogun State sometime last year and was arrested in March, 2023 over alleged assault and other criminal activities, while he had earlier ignored the police invitation.

Penpushing also reports that police later picked him up after expiration of a 72-hour ultimatum given to him and he was subsequently arraigned to in court to face criminal charges which the police said was punishable by the criminal laws of the country

The police in a statement by the then Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi emphasized that the action of Portable in a viral video was unruly and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace adding that the known troublesome musician 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 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 statement reads as at that time

‘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 statement added

‘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’, Oyeyemi wrote

Penpushing reports that Portable accompanied by his father to the police station, however, spent the weekend at Eleweran Police Headquarters in Abeokuta, before he was arraigned at a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ifo of Ogun state.

“That you, Badmus Habeebat Okikiola, M, A.KA Portable, and others now at large on the 28th day of March, 2023 at 11am 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’, the charge reads.

“That you, Badmus Okikiola A.KA 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’ ’the charge added

Penpushing further reports that delivering his ruling on application for bail made by Adodo Destiny, Portable’s counsel, Magistrate A.S Shoneye said the offences were bailable and granted him bail with bail bond of N300,000, two sureties who must reside within the jurisdiction of the honorable court.

The court, however ruled that, the defendant be transferred to the Ilaro correctional centre, pending the time his bail requirements were met, and thereafter adjourned the case till April 26 for the commencement of trial.

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