2022 Headies: Portable has been threatens to be disqualified over threats to other nominees
The Headies academy, the board of popular Nigerian music awards, The Headies, has threatened to disqualify singer Portable for allegedly threatening other nominees.
The organisers, in a statement, said it might be forced to disqualify the singer if he fails to retract his statement and issue an apology on his social media pages.
Portable, a nominee for the Best Street-Hop Artiste and Rookie of the year awards, made threat threats on Wednesday to other nominees on his categories.
In the video making rounds on social media, the singer said: “Those are my awards, anybody else who wins I will ask for them to be killed. I will ask them to kill the person. If the organisers give my award to someone else, they will die,” he said in Yoruba. “No go give my award to another person, he go die o”
But Headies’ informed in a statement that organisers through their company, Smooth Productions, have made a report to the police on the death threats.
The statement reads in part: “The Headies condemns such act and is vehemently opposed to the utterance of any threats or actions that contravene our laws. We have notified the Nigerian Police Force of Okikiola’s actions to fellow nominees of the awards.
“Also, demand that the immediate retraction of the video from Mr. Okikiola’s social media platforms, as well as a written apology to the nominees of both categories and to the Headies, must be made.
“Should Mr. Okikiola fail to meet our demands, we would not only disqualify him from participating in the Headies but also enforce the instrumentalities of the law to the fullest.”