Fast-rising singer Portable, real name Habeeb Okikiola, has threatened to kill fellow nominees for The Headies, a popular Nigerian music awards events.
1st News reports that Portable made the threats via a video posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
The singer had made the nomination list for two awards: Best Street-Hop Artiste and Rookie of the year awards; according to the nomination list released by the Headies on Tuesday. Consequently, the controversial singer had warned that the awards belong to him; adding that he would kill anyone who picks up the awards ahead of him.
“Those are my awards, anybody else who wins I will ask for them to be killed. I will ask them to kill the person. If the organisers give my award to someone else, they will die. No go give my award to another person, he go die o,” Portable had ranted in his native Yoruba language.
However, his action had drawn the ire of Smooth Productions, organisers of the Headies; which had reportedly notified the Police of the threats made by Portable. The singer was also warned to retract his statement and make a written apology to his colleagues.
“The Headies condemns such act and is vehemently opposed to the utterance of any threats or actions that contravene our laws. We have notified the Nigerian Police Force of Okikiola’s actions to fellow nominees of the awards.
“Also, demand that the immediate retraction of the video from Mr. Okikiola’s social media platforms, as well as a written apology to the nominees of both categories and to the Headies, must be made,’’ a statement issued by the company read in part.