Court grants Seun Kuti bail, gives police 48 hours to complete investigation.

Written by on May 16, 2023

A Magistrate Court in Yaba on Tuesday granted bail to Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti on the condition that the defendant produces two sureties one of whom must own landed properties in Lagos State.

Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun also ordered police to complete their investigation into the incident around the assault charges against the defendant within 48 hours. Seun was charged with assault on a police officer, an offence contrary to Section 356 of the Criminal Code Act.

The police prosecutor, S. A. Adebese had prayed that the court remand the defendant for 21 days. The counsel said the three weeks would allow the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to prepare legal advice. But the defence counsel, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), opposed the plea in his argument.

Olumide-Fusika begged the court not to remand his client, adding that he was not aware of an application to that effect. The son of the legendary Fela Kuti was arrested for assaulting an officer after his vehicle was stopped on Third Mainland Bridge last Saturday.

At the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti, Yaba, Kuti refused to volunteer any statement during questioning.

His lawyer said police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin made himself the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) by “issuing a report of his investigative work” in the media.

The chief Magistrate admitted the defendant to bail to the tune of one million naira with two sureties in like sum, one of whom is to be a landlord, with a proof of three years tax clearance.

Olatunbosun adjourned the case to the twenty third of may, 2023

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