Organisers of the Headies Awards have disqualified controversial Nigerian artiste, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly called Portable from the list of nominees.
Portable was disqualified for threatening to kill his co-nominees.
Recall that on the 25th of May 2022, Portable had threatened to kill, or cause harm to the other nominees in the same categories of awards he was nominated for if he does not emerge the winner.
The singer was nominated in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ categories.
But a statement issued by the organizers on Tuesday said Portable was disqualified from its 15th nominees’ list to further pass a strong message of not condoning reckless and uncouth statements.
It also cited a series of misdemeanors via Portable’s social media platforms, adding that the singer is the subject of an investigation relating to criminal activities.
”On the 15th of July 2022, Mr Okikiola 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 17th 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;’Ena eleyi paa jo (beat him mercilessly,’ the statement read in part.