Popular street artiste, Habeeb Okikola, popularly known as Portable has apologised to Smooth Productions organisers of popular Nigerian music awards, The Headies, who condemned his veiled death threats to other nominees of the awards.
The Headies’s organizers have stated that they would not hesitate to disqualify controversial artiste from the awards for threatening the lives of fellow nominees.
Portable, who was nominated for the Best Street-Hop Artiste and Rookie of the year awards, immediately after the nominations took to his Instagram page where he made death threats to other artistes featured in the categories he was nominated in.
“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,” he said in Yoruba. “No go give my award to another person, he go die o,” he said.
But the organisers, taking offence to this act, in a statement published via Headies’ official Instagram account said it has a report to the police as regards the Instagram video by Portable. Smooth Productions, in taking offence to the video, warned Habeeb Okikiola (Portable) to retract his statement and make a written apology to his colleagues.
The statement read in part, “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.
“Should Mr. Okikiola fail to meet our demands, we would not only disqualify him from participating in the Headies but also enforce the instrumentalities of the law to the fullest.”
The organisers also implored the general public to disregard the video and stop sharing the same on social media platforms.
Portable, in a video over the weekend apologised to the organisers just as he insisted that he should receive the award. Referring to himself as a “madman musician”, Portable noted that he wasn’t fighting with the organisers.
“Headies don nominate “madman” olorin. Streets ti take over. So make una give us our award o.
“No vex o, bros. Bros, no vex o. If I fuck up, no be me first dey fuck up. Plenty people don dey fuck up. Abeg I wan collect my award.”