Afrobeat artist Seun Kuti has been arrested by the men of the Nigerian police force and here is why the singer was arrested.
Following a shocking incident involving the Grammy award-nominated singer, songwriter and performer Seun Kuti and men of the Nigerian police force on Saturday, May 13, 2023, on the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos, the Nigerian police force has proceeded in making arresting the singer in the early hours of today, Monday, May 15, 2023, after the video of him slapping a police officer went viral on social media.
Why did Seun Kuti slap a police officer in Lagos?
The video which surfaced on social media showed Seun Kuti slapping a police officer and many were confused as to why that had happened a reason the singer took to social media to share with Nigerians.
Seun Kuti revealed that the police officer had threatened to kill him and his family which was why he made the decision.
In his post on social media the son of the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti revealed:
“He tried to kill me and my family. I have the proof but I no dey chase clout. He has apologized and I have agreed not to press charges. Make una mind una business make the poor guy no lose his job”.
What did the Nigerian Police do to Seun Kuti?
The shocking action of Seun Kuti on Saturday led to a direct reaction from the Inspector General of the Nigerian police force who in an official statement ordered the arrest of the singer.
The statement which was confirmed by the public relations officer of the force stated:
“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.”
When did the police arrest Seun Kuti?
The police made the arrest of the singer, today Monday, May 15th, 2023 and this was confirmed by Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, (AAC),
His post on social media read:
After visiting the @PoliceNG Commissioner in Lagos earlier today, @realseunkuti was arrested, handcuffed and taken to SCIID in Panti by @PoliceNG officers apparently for further investigations and possible detention over his altercation with a police officer on the 3rd mainland bridge. @RealSeunKuti fulfilled his promise to cooperate fully with police investigations and accordingly visited the Commissioner in Lagos with his lawyers.”