Popular hip-pop musician, Habeeb Okikiola a.k.a Portable who was arraigned on Monday in Ogun court for assault, has been remanded in prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.
After pleading not guilty to the three-count charge preferred against him before an Ifo Magistrate’s Court near Sango-Ota, Portable was granted bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Magistrate A.S Shoneye said the offences were bailable and granted him bail with a bail bond of N300,000, in addition to two sureties, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
Persecondnews reports that for Portable’s inability to meet his bail conditions immediately, he was taken away to Ilaro prison and would be released as soon as he fulfilled the conditions.
Mr Adodo Destiny, Portable’s counsel, had urged the court to grant him bail, arguing that alleged offences were bailable.
Magistrate A.S Shoneye upheld the submission of the lawyer that the offences were bailable and granted him bail with bail bond of N300,000, two sureties who must reside within the jurisdiction of the honorable court.
He then adjourned the case until April 26 for trial.
Part of the charges brought against Portable is that he allegedly assaulted a Police Inspector and inflicted injury on him, and also resisted arrest after being served with “Police Invitation Letter”.
In addition, the singer was alleged to have masterminded the beating up of a man, Osimusi Emmanuel, who wrote a petition to the police, accusing Portable of attacking and attempting to kill him after destroying his studio.
The charge sheet reads: “That you, Badmus Habeebat Okikiola, M, A.KA Portable, and others now at large on the 28th day of March, 2023 at 11am 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’, the charge reads.
“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.”