‘You have no role in debt recovery,’ lawyer faults police on Portable’s arrest

Abuja-based legal practitioner, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has faulted the arrest and detention of Lagos-based singer, Habeeb Okikiola, also known as Portable, by Nigerian Police operatives on grounds related to debt.

Portable was arrested by the police for failing to settle the N14m debt accrued from the purchase of a car.

In a viral video, the controversial music star was seen attempting to evade arrest by jumping over a gate on Tuesday.

In another video, he was seen being forcibly carried by four police officers into a waiting vehicle.

Reacting to this development, Olajengbesi stated on Wednesday that Portable’s arrest and the method of debt recovery employed by the Nigerian Police Force blatantly disregarded the country’s laws.

He said, “The mode of arrest highlights the deteriorating state of the Nigerian Police force. It’s crucial to note that indebtedness is not a criminal offence, even the Nigerian government has debts.

“The courts have consistently emphasised that the police should refrain from involvement in civil matters such as debt recovery or contractual disputes, unless there are allegations of fraud, such as obtaining under false pretences, cheating, or criminal breach of trust.”

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