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Nigerian musician, Portable granted bail


Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable has been granted bail by a High Court in Ifo, Ogun State.

The PUNCH reports that Portable landed in police custody on Friday, March 31, 2023, after his engagement with police officers at his bar, during which one of them was allegedly injured.

The singer was subsequently arraigned in court on Monday.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had said the controversial singer would face more than six charges in court.

It was gathered that Portable was granted bail in the sum of N300,000 and to provide two sureties with landed properties within the court vicinity.

The charges against portable read, “That you, Badmus Habeebat Okikiola, M, A.KA Portable, and others now at large on the 28th day of March 2023 at 11 am at Odogwu Bar, Oke-Osa, Ilogbo, Ifo in the Ifo Magisterial District did willfully cause or inflict physical injury on one Inspector Hammed Moshood ‘m’ with your elbow on his nose which caused blood to gush out from his nose and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 4 (1) of the Violence against persons & Prohibition Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2017.

“That you, Badmus Okikiola A.KA Portable on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did resist to be arrested by Inspector Hammed Moshood ‘m’, ASP Gregory Iyoha ‘m’, ASP Kunle Badmus ‘m’ after serving you with Police Invitation Letter on the 20 day of January 2023 for the offences you committed when they were about to discharge their duty with warrant of arrest on you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 197 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

Portable’s Counsel, Adodo Destiny, had prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

Delivering his ruling on application for bail made by his counsel, Magistrate A.S Shoneye said the offences were bailable and granted him bail with a bail bond of N300,000, two sureties who must reside within the jurisdiction of the honorable court.

The court, however, ruled that the defendant be transferred to the Ilaro correctional centre, pending the time his bail requirements were met.

The case was adjourned till April 26 for the commencement of trial.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, while parading Portable before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta on Friday, had said the singer was arrested for allegedly assaulting one Osimusi Emmanuel.

Oyeyemi added that Portable also attacked and assaulted police officers who came to his bar to effect his arrest.


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