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IGP Orders Arrest of Seun Kuti for Assaulting Policeman on Camera

IGP Orders Arrest of Seun Kuti for Assaulting Policeman on Camera
Nigerian singer and musician Seun Kuti, portrait in London, 3rd August 2022. He is the son of Fela Kuti. (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the arrest of Grammy-nominated Afrobeat artist and son of legendary late Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti for assaulting a policeman in Lagos. 

The order by the IGP was disclosed in a statement by Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

“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 late Saturday statement read.

According to him, the incident will also be investigated.

“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,” he added.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

The afrobeat crooner was captured in a viral video assaulting a police operative on duty.

In the video making the rounds on the internet, Seun Kuti could be seen lambasting the policeman after slapping him.

IGP Orders Arrest of Seun Kuti for Assaulting Policeman on Camera

The police operative did not retaliate in the video.

Apparently, Kuti’s car was stopped by the police officer on an expressway in Lagos, which seemed not to sit well with the singer.

Kuti was heard in the video saying; “You dey craze? You dey mad?”

But in a cryptic Instagram story on his profile (created about 7:16 pm), Seun Kuti claimed that an attempt was made on his life and that of his family.

While he claims to have proof of that, he noted that the person has apologised thus he won’t press charges against him.


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