Self-styled ‘wahala’ singer, Habeeb Okikiola, aka Portable Habeeb Okikiola aka Portable, has backtracked on his claim that he formed two criminal gangs that terrorised Lagos residents during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.
Portable claimed he was merely”catching a cruise”, a Nigerian euphemism for making a joke.
The controversial artiste had in the early hours of Monday, claimed he was the founder of the occult groups, One Million Boys and Ajah Boys.
He said: “Open your ears and hear me, you’ve heard about Ajah Boys, One Million Boys, I’m their founder.”
He asked Nigerians to verify the information from music promoter Sam Larry.
Both criminal groups were fingered in the mayhem recorded in Lagos and Ogun States during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Following the uproar on social media, yhe Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, directed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, to investigate the artiste’s claim.
But in another post shared on his Instagram page on Monday, Portable denied that he was a member of the criminal gangs.
He wrote: “Clearing the air on this! Zazu!! This has come to an end that I have to voice out… please everyone I wana let you know that I didn’t meant to campaign for APC.
“It was a show they told that I am going to before I saw myself in APC office and, as a man, no need to worry I gats to do the job since it involved money.
“And what I meant by 1 million boys is 1 million followers. People are threatening my life ooo you should all look into this. I GO BY THE NAME PORTABLE OMOLALOMI, I DO MUSIC FOR LIVING.”
Meanwhile, promoter Sam Larry also denied Portable’s claim that he was aware he (Portable) founded Ajah boys and One Million Boys.
The popular music promoter, speaking in Yoruba, refuted Portable’s claim in a 58-second video that was viral on social media.
Sam Larry said he just assisted Portable with his trip because he is a music promoter.
“I heard that something is happening on social media about One Million Boys. I don’t know anything about them and I don’t know them. Portable who mentioned my name, I am his benefactor. I helped him to travel because am a promoter.
“When did I know you? It is not up to a year now. I am your benefactor and you are using that to tannish my image. You did not mention my name alone but on Social media everyone is there mentioning my name. Where did we meet for One Million Boys? What is the meaning of that? Don’t ever mention my name on something bad.
“My wife’s family and other people have been calling to ask me what is the meaning of One Million Boys Portable mentioned my name about? Please correct yourself because I don’t know you,” he added.
On one side of the video was Portables chat with him apologising to the music promoter describing his action as “cruise”.
A portion of the footage showed Portable apologising to the music promoter and calling his behaviour a “cruise” in a conversation with him.
“No vex na cruise me I dey do. Akoi million fans. Na Steliza tell me say you dey vex. I dey loyal boss. No vex.” (Sic)