Controversial Seun Kuti, a singer and activist from Nigeria, was arrested following a violent altercation with a police officer. Seun was seen hitting a cop on the road after what seemed to be an accident in a video that went viral online on Saturday night. The artist’s automobile had been damaged, so he forcefully confronted the security personnel and inquired about their mental health.
Following the arrest, there was a unique development in that the singer was observed receiving regular criminal justice treatment without consideration for his notoriety. Despite how loudly he boasted, Kuti could be seen in the image sitting alongside other criminals on the bare floor, humiliated. Netizens reacted to the trending photo while pointing out that though Seun was wrong, the Police have also been erring in their responsibilities and are always quick to find a scapegoat. Others also said Seun’s first error was to think “he was Fela, as even Fela had a rough time with the government.”
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Furthermore, police prosecutors requested a remand order to hold Seun for 21 days from the Magistrate Court 1, Yaba, according to SaharaReporters, adding that the officer was undergoing treatment at an unidentified hospital. However, Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun gave the defendant bail.
A witness who spoke with the media said;
“The Chief Magistrate Mrs, Adeola Olatunbosun Magistrate Court 1 Yaba took statement from the Nigerian police applying to detain Seun Kuti for 21 days, claiming the policeman he allegedly assaulted is in a coma at an undisclosed hospital.
“However, Kuti’s lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika countered that the police already stated publicly that the police officer trailed and went to Seun’s house and accepted N12,000 to repair his car. It also emerged that the DCP in Panti had gone to meet the Magistrate earlier before secretly moving Seun to the court without notifying his lawyer.
“They also accused Seun of not writing a statement, but Olumide-Fusika countered that he was there when Seun wrote a statement. The Chief Magistrate decided to go on recess to ‘study the file.’”
The court also mandated that the Nigerian Police wrap up their inquiry into the alleged assault in 48 hours so that Kuti could return to his home.
The court grants police 48 hours to complete ‘their investigations’ after which Kuti can be left to go home on bail. “Kuti’s bail is with two sureties who must be with landed property in Lagos”.