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Seun Kuti Declines To Make A Statement, Spends First Night In Custody

Seun Kuti, the son of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a giant in the world of Afrobeat music, reportedly made no statement on his first day in custody.

People who are being questioned by investigators frequently compose statements while being questioned.

But before making any statements, the rapper insisted on meeting Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is currently holding him at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for assaulting a police officer in Lagos State.

When Kuti brought himself in at the Lagos Police Command headquarters in Ikeja on Monday, Falana had dispatched Mr. Femi Akinyemi, one of the attorneys in his chambers, to stand in for him.

Seun Kuti, though, resisted writing anything down while he was being questioned.
After spending hours being questioned at the command center, “he was moved to Panti,” a police source informed Daily Trust.

The insider further mentioned that Kuti would face charges on Tuesday before a Lagos high court.

Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, a lawyer for Kuti, had earlier claimed he was not permitted to observe the artist being questioned.

While Kuti was being photographed, the attorney kicked against the way he was being handcuffed.

He claimed that highly armed police officers had driven his client to the prison facility.

“Until the State proves otherwise, Mr. Kuti is assumed innocent. Section 9 of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, which forbids any parade of criminal suspects in Nigeria in Lagos State, is violated by the police’s decision to submit him to the media parade. Although the Police are tasked with upholding the Law, they tend to disregard it and break it carelessly and arbitrarily. A police agency that disregards the laws it is tasked with enforcing is not a good example to follow, according to the suspected lawbreakers.

As a violation of Section 5 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, the police’s decision to handcuff Mr. Kuti is also unlawful.

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After placing him in handcuffs, the police transported him from Ikeja to Panti Lagos in a lengthy convoy of heavily armed officers and men, where he is still being detained, according to a statement from Olumide-Fusiak.

Kuti’s troubles began after he was photographed striking a police officer with whom he had a dispute.

Kuti was heard yelling at the policeman in a video that went viral over the weekend, “You dey crazy! You’re crazy!”

Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), issued an arrest warrant after the video sparked an uproar.

The musician was arrested after police stormed his home on Allen Avenue in Ikeja, but they did not find him there.

The youngest son of Fela appeared at the Lagos police headquarters on Monday with his lawyer and a family spokesperson.

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