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Why Portable Was Attack – Esquare

American artist, Esquare has disclosed reasons why they attacked Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable.

New Telegraph recalls that Portable asserted in a post via his Instagram story that he was assaulted by individuals following his failure to perform at a paid show.

According to Portable, almost 40 individuals attacked him in his Lagos residence and beat him up, leading to severe injuries, including a broken leg.

Narrating his ordeal, Portable disclosed that he had initially been contracted for an event in December for a music collaboration by two black Americans, noting that expenses increased with the onset of the New Year.

He detailed how he had conveyed the exact costs to them, even producing a video to clarify the matter. However, they requested a refund, expressing dissatisfaction with his performance.

The “Zazuu” crooner mentioned that he received N2.5 million for the production of a song and music video. However, logistical challenges hindered his participation due to his remote location.

Reacting to the development, square debunked reports of attacking Portable in his residence, despite rumours suggesting that Esquare assaulted Portable in his home.

On the scheduled day of the shoot in Ajah, Lekki, Portable failed to appear, citing the distance as the primary reason.

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In response, the organizers agreed to compensate him with an additional N1 million and travelled to his residence in Ogun for the payment.

However, tensions escalated when they subsequently demanded a refund of the extra N1 million, leading to an unpleasant situation.

Speaking on the incident, Esquare said, “I am Dr Fortunate and Prince, and we are Esquare. There is a viral video going on where my brother and I happened to be on those videos. I just want to address the public misconception because a lot of false information was given out.

“Sometime last year, in May, our manager in the United States contacted Portable’s manager, and they reached an agreement on the collaboration. We agreed on N2.5 million.

“When we paid the N1.5 million, the beat was sent to Portable’s manager, and he did his version and brought it back to us, and we made some changes, and everything came out perfect.

“We agreed that the music video would be done on September 23rd. My brought and I made the necessary arrangements on how to fly down to Nigeria to do the music video, and we saw on his manager’s Instagram handle that he would be on a tour during that time.

“We decided to postpone it to the festive period in December, which Portable’s manager agreed to. Then we had a change of mind and wanted to do the video shoot in Houston, Texas, where we are based, since he was on your in the US, but Portable’s manager declined.

“A date was later fixed for September 21st. He failed to show up on time to the music video shoot, and when we called our manager to inform his manager of the appointment, our manager realized that Portable’s manager had sent a messagcancelingng the shoot as it was too far from Portable’s location which is Sango, Ogun State.

“Through a friend, we were able to reach Portable directly. At first, he denied us and asked for proof, which we sent to him, and he demanded an extra N1 million, claiming that his manager had collected N500,000 from the N1 million they sent to him.

“We gave him the money and even had to drive from Ajah, Lekki to Ogun State to pick him up and when we got to the location, he started exhibiting erratic behaviour and demanded we make it snappy since he has out her engagements.

“When we tried talking things with him after the shoot about the extra money we paid him, he flared up and said he was a member of a cult group and would call Area boys to cancel the event and kill us.”

 

 

 

 

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