Police invite ‘Zazu’ singer, Portable for ‘brutalising’ man

Police invite 'Zazu' singer, Portable for ‘brutalising’ man

The Ogun state police has ordered Portable, the fast-rising Nigerian singer, to report himself to the command for allegedly asking his team to brutalise a young man.

In a now-viral video clip, the controversial singer had claimed the young man, addressed as DJ Chicken, initially offended him.

He, however, said he refrained from dealing with him because people begged on his behalf.

Portable alleged that after the incident, DJ Chicken messaged his wife and advised her to inform him to get rid of the boys around him because they “are not serious-minded.”

The ‘Zazoo Zeh’ crooner appeared to have asked his men to deal with the DJ.

In the video, the young man could be seen screaming for help during the intense beating.

In a statement on Monday, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun state police command’s spokesman, condemned the act.

Oyeyemi said the command would not condone such “unruly and violent behaviour”, especially from people expected to serve as role models.

He added that the command would order Portable’s arrest if he fails to report himself as instructed.

“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 statement read.

“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.”