Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, who is better known by his stage name Portable, has been granted bail by a High Court in Ifo, Ogun State. The singer had been taken into police custody on March 31, 2023, after an altercation with police officers at his bar, which reportedly led to the injury of one of the officers.
Portable was arraigned in court on Monday and was facing more than six charges according to the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi. However, he was granted bail in the sum of N300,000 (about $730) and is required to provide two sureties with landed properties within the court vicinity.
The news of Portable’s arrest had sparked a wave of reactions among his fans and the music community, with many expressing their support for the artist. Portable, who is known for his Fuji music style, has been a prominent figure in the Nigerian music industry, with several hit songs to his credit.
The circumstances surrounding Portable’s arrest are still unclear, but it has once again brought to the fore the issue of police brutality and the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies in Nigeria. The incident also highlights the need for proper training and reorientation of police officers, as well as the importance of holding law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions.
With Portable now out on bail, the focus will be on the legal proceedings and the outcome of the case. The case also underscores the need for entertainers and celebrities to be mindful of their actions and conduct, as they can influence their fans and followers, both positively and negatively.