By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Controversial Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has finally opened on the circumstances that made him to beat an alleged internet fraudster who brought police to his residence to arrest him recently.
Recall that the ‘Zazoo’ crooner hit the social media headlines after he was captured in a viral video lambasting some officers who stormed his bar in the Sanga Ota area of Ogun State to arrest him.
The singer resisted arrest, boasting that he was a superstar and worked for the ruling party. And consequently, the Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday gave him a 72-hour ultimatum to report himself to the nearest police station before Friday or prepare for arrest.
However, in a new video shared on his Tiktok page, Portable maintained that what transpired between him and the complainant was none of the police’s business.
Portable, who explained that the petitioner was his apprentice and was into internet fraud against his advice, said he disciplined the ex-worker after he refused to change his ways and sacked him.
According to him, the ex-worker went to the police station and filed a case of assault against him for merely correcting him.
“That boy wey I beat, he’s my boy. I’m a boss to him. Oga go beat apprentice na? That one no mean say make Police come say make dem come arrest you. This boy is my boy. He’s into Yahoo [Internet fraud]. I advised him to quit but he still dey do the scam dey go,” Portable said in a mix of Pidgin English and Yoruba.
“Then I pursued him. I beat him. I flogged him. Now you want to arrest me because of I flogged him? He come to write a petition about me, about a celebrity superstar. He’s a Yahoo boy. Yahoo boy came to lay a complaint. He write petition about superstar celebrity. My work is legit. I do music for a living. I no fear anybody, na only God I fear,” the singer added.