The organisers of Headies Awards have announced that controversial Nigerian hip hop singer, Mr Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable, will be excluded from the award show this year.
The organisers released a statement on Tuesday to that regard, citing the singer’s penchant for inciting comments as the reason for his disqualification.
Recall that the Zazuu Zeh crooner has not only been reported to have beaten up someone, but he was also seen in a clip claiming to be the founder of the 1 Million Boys cult.
The Inspector General of Police has since ordered his probe.
According to Headies, he also claimed to kill anyone who gets the award he is yet to receive.
The statement read, “We regret to announce that following numerous indicting statements made by Mr. Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as “Portable”, and the incessant negative attention that Mr Okikiola has garnered from the Nigeria Police and the general public in recent times, the organisers of the Headies have resolved to disqualify Mr Okikiola as a nominee at the forthcoming 15 Headies Awards.”
“The decision to disqualify Mr. Okikiola is accentuated by series of misdemeanours by Mr Okikiola via his social media platforms. On the 25th of May 2022, he threatened to kill, harm or cause harm to the other nominees in the same categories of awards he was nominated for, if he does not emerge the winner, precisely,” part of the statement read.
“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 organizers give
my award to someone else, they will die,” Portable was quoted to have said back in May of 2022.
“Being subject of an investigation relating to criminal activities, Mr Habeeb Okikiola is hereby disqualified from both categories of awards at the forthcoming 15th Annual Headies Awards scheduled to hold later this year namely:
1. Best Street Artist
2. Rookie of the Year,” Headies added.