by Ayo Oladiran
Nigerian Headies Awards has disqualified artiste, Habeeb Okikiola, known as Portable over alleged link with notorious One Million Boys cult group.
Portable, in a video released via his official Instagram account, claimed he founded the notorious cult group but later retracted the statement after it was ordered that he should be probed.
Headies had earlier nominated him in the forthcoming 15th Headies Awards for the Best Street Artist and Rookie of the Year.
In a statement released via Headies official Instagram account, signed by the Headies Secretariat, it was announced that the organizers of the award, Smooth Promotions Limited, are a law abiding company and would want to avoid any form of violence or uncouth statements which Portable has shown a clear pattern of.
The statement reads in part,” The decision to disqualify Mr. Okikiola is accentuated by series of misdemeanours by Mr Okikiola via his social media platforms. On the 25tb 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;
” 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,” – Mr. Habeeb Okikiola
” On the 18th of July 2022, Mr. Published a video on his social media platforms where he stated that he is the founder of the notorious cult group, ‘One Million Boys’. The said group gained notoriety for maiming and robbing innocent Nigerians over the years. In his words, he said; “Have you heard of Ajah boys, One Million Boys? I established them” .
” Furthermore, on the 17tb of June 2022, Mr. Habeeb Okikiola made a recording of himself where he ordered his group of friends to assault and inflict bodily harm on his accused friend, DJ Chicken. In his words, he said; ” E na eleyi paa Jo!” (beat him mercilessly!)
” Smooth Promotions Limited, the organisers of the Headies Award is a law abiding and responsible organization that abhors any form of violence, unlawful gathering or activities ravaging our society. We shall not condone reckless and uncouth statements from the artists and hereby disassociate ourself from any individual liked to such assembly or activities including Mr. Okikiola’s prospects as long as these acts are sufficiently linked to him as described,” it stated.
Portable is currently undergoing investigations over the statements he made.