Organizers Of Headies Report Singer, Portable To Police Over Threat To Co-nominees As They Threaten To Disqualify Him
Organizers of the 2022 Headies Awards have threatened to disqualify controversial artist, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable for threatening to attack his co-nominees if he loses to them.
This comes after the controversial singer made a threat in a viral video that he would kill whoever beats him to the awards if he fails to win.
In the nomination list unveiled on Tuesday, May 14, Portable bagged two nominations, the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste.’
Other nominees e in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ category include Av, Fave, Magixx, and Ugocci.
In the second category, he is up against Bella Shmurda, Mohbad, Naira Marley, and Goya Menor among others.
Shortly after the announcement, the Zazuu’ crooner took to his Instagram page to make a threat to whoever wins the 2022 Headies Award over him.
Reacting to the viral video, the award’s organizers in a statement issued on Friday, May 27, said it might be forced to disqualify the singer if he fails to retract his statement and issue an apology on his Instagram page.
The organizers also disclosed that they have reported the issue to the police.
“We have notified the Nigeria police of Mr. Okokiola’s actions to fellow nominees. Also, demand for the immediate retraction of the video as well as a written apology to nominees in both categories and to The Headies has been made.
“Should Mr. Okikiola fail to meet our demands, we will not only disqualify him from participating in The Headies but also enforce the instrumentality of the law.
“The general public are hereby implored to disregard the video and stop the dissemination of the same in the public space.” The Headies noted.