Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrest and detention of Seun Kuti, the son of late Nigeria Afrobeat singer, Fela Kuti.
It would be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba Alkali has ordered immediate arrest of the Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti after a viral video showed Kuti physically assaulting a police officer repeatedly even when the security personnel did not retaliate.
A statement by the Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Benjamin Hundeyin, few minutes ago indicated that Seun Kuti turned himself in and reported self at the Lagos State Police Command at the early hours of Monday morning.
A video posted online by close watchers showed Seun Kuti handcuffed with his two hands behind, led into the police station with mobile policemen.
Subsequent photographs made available by the Police Spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, showed Seun Kuti in a low key mood, handcuffed with the two hands at the front.
“SERIOUS ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER: SEUN KUTI TURNS SELF IN.
“Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti, in the early hours of today turned himself in at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, in company of his lawyer and family representative. He has been placed under arrest.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command to arrest the Afrobeat singer”, Benjamin Hundeyin said in quote.
The Police on Sunday had been on the trail of the singer, Seun Kuti, visited his home but met his absence.
Some officers from the lagos State Police command visited his Allen Avenue home on Sunday morning to arrest him but met his absence. The officers were stationed at his Allen Avenue home but were later asked to leave the area, according to sources.
The trail started after the Inspector General of Police, Baba Alkali, ordered for Seun’s arrest after a video of him assaulting a police officer surfaced online. The singer was seen pushing and also slapping a police officer on the Third mainland bridge.
Earlier, Seun Kuti shared a post on his IG page Saturday night, where he stated that the officer tried to kill him.
The officer he assaulted has been said to have reported to the command headquarters and has given his statement of what transpired between him and the singer.
On Sunday, Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said the Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti, has sought his legal services following the singer’s assault on a police officer.
According to Punch Newspaper, Femi Falana said the singer has enough evidence to defend himself.
“I am his lawyer and he has briefed me. He certainly has evidence. This is not the first time he is dealing with the police.”
Falana also stated that the singer would turn himself in on Monday, May 15.
“He is going to report himself to the police tomorrow morning. There is no problem at all.”
Femi Falana who represented the singer’s father, Fela during his agitation against the Nigerian government, was also arrested in 1993 following his legal defence and actions in favour of the late Afrobeat singer, Fela Kuti.
IGP Usman Baba Alkali described Seun Kuti action as a serious assault on police officer.
“SERIOUS ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER: IGP CONDEMNS ACT, ORDERS IMMEDIATE ARREST OF SEUN KUTI
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command to arrest Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, who was captured on video assaulting a police officer in uniform.
“The IGP has equally ordered a speedy and full investigation into the remote and immediate cause(s) of the assault and prosecution of the suspect accordingly.
“IGP Usman Alkali Baba assures Nigerians that acts of contempt/disdain for symbols of authority will not be tolerated while offenders of such hideous crimes will be surely brought to book”, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer,
Force Headquarters, Abuja said in quote on Saturday.