Popular Afrobeats musician Seun Kuti has stated that Nigerians almost destroyed his career after his incident with the police. When asked about references to his name in the Mohbad-Naira Marley-Sam Larry saga, he made his comment. Recall that Seun was arraigned before the Lagos State magistrate’s court in May 2023 and held at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti, Yaba after being accused of assaulting a police officer on the Third Mainland Bridge.
In a widely shared online video, the artist was shown slapping a police officer after an argument went out of hand and he felt the need to defend himself (and his family). When discussing the seriousness of the crisis he was going through at the time, Seun Kuti revealed in an Instagram live video that the incident almost cost him his entire career.
He may have believed that what he did was self-defense, but the consequences were much wider than he could have ever imagined. Unexpectedly, instead of expressing their support and sympathy, Nigerians and Netizens defended the actions of the police involved in the confrontation. After being detained, Seun Kuti fought for weeks to figure out how to handle the matter and even appeared in Court.
“I’m tired of seeing my name everywhere attached to Sam Larry, Naira Marley, arrest or no arrest, police or no police. I’m really tire, and I don’t want you guys to join me in your issues.
“That was how una used una mouth nearly spoil my life, nearly destroying my career with una yeye keypad and computer. I missed five or six big shows this summer just because I defended my life and the life of my family. For that reason, Nigerians wanted my life to be ended, for me to be destroyed and no body cared.
“Nigeria Police suddenly became an innocent and peaceful force on earth. And Seun became the mad person that left his house looking for police to quarrel with. That was the picture you people painted about me then.”