Adeyanju Faults Police Arrest of Singer Portable

Lawyer Deji Adeyanju has condemned the humiliation suffered by singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, at the hands of men suspected to be police officers.

A viral video showed the moment the officers dragged Portable into their van after he attempted to evade arrest by fleeing.

The singer was arrested for reportedly failing to fulfil an agreement reached that saw him acquire a G-Wagon vehicle.

Reacting, Adeyanju issued a statement to prove that the police had no right to use force over a civil dispute.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to a video making the rounds on the internet where Nigerian singer, Mr. Habeeb Okikiola (AKA Portable) was seen being humiliated by persons suspected to be officers of the Nigerian Police Force, in an attempt to forcefully arrest him over a civil matter.

“The unnecessary show of force employed by the officers in the arrest of a non-violent Nigerian citizen over a civil dispute stands condemned. For the umpteenth time, it is necessary to state that security agencies, especially the Nigerian Police, are not debt recovery agencies and they have no role whatsoever to play in any alleged breach of contractual disputes.

“This point has been restated by the appellate courts on several occasions in cases like NA ALLAH v KOFAR KADE (NIG) LTD (2020) LPELR-49596 (CA), Okafor & Anor v AIG Police Zone II Onikan & Ors (2019) LPELR-46505 (CA), etc.

“The Nigerian Police must return to its constitutional mandate and resist the urge to dabble into all manner of civil disputes, while more pressing crimes go uninvestigated.”

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