The Headies, Nigeria's most prestigious music awards ceremony, has rejected well-known artist Portable from being a nominee.
The organizers noted that the Nigeria Police and the general public had expressed their disapproval of the performer.
The organizers also referred to the police's ongoing criminal investigations into the singer's recent misdemeanours in a statement released on Tuesday.
Part of the statement read, "We regret to announce that following numerous indicting statements made by Mr Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as 'Portable', and the incessant negative attention that Mr Okikiola has garnered from the Nigeria Police and the general public in recent times, the organizers of the Headies have resolved to disqualify Mr Okikiola as a nominee at the forthcoming 15th Headies Awards.
Being subject of an investigation relating to criminal activities, Mr Habeeb Okikiola is hereby disqualified from both categories of awards at the forthcoming 15th Annual Headies Awards scheduled to hold later this year."
The Nigerian Police Force was formally notified of the singer's threat against the other Headies candidates by Smooth Promotions Limited, the parent company of the award show.
Additionally, the singer was urged to retract his statement, which he later did.
Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, has recently demanded that the artist be investigated after he implied that he formed cult groups.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.