The police is seeking for the Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti to be remanded in their custody.
Following the alleged assault on a police officer by the Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, the police through the sabo-yaba Chief Magistrate court , Lagos state has on Tuesday ordered the remand of Seun Kuti.
Mrs. Adeola Olatubuson, the Chief Magistrate held that Kuti should be remanded for 48hrs in police custody.
The defendant should be admitted to bail in the sum of one million Naira with two sureties in like sum at the end of the 48hr remand___ Mrs. Adeola Olatubuson said.
She further said that one of the sureties must be a landlord within the jurisdiction of the court. The case was however adjourned until May 22 for mention.
She directed the prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward a copy to the state director of public prosecutions for advice.
Earlier, the investigating police officer, Mr Lekan Ogundare, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 13 on the Third Mainland Bridge. He said that the defendant drove dangerously on the bridge and deliberately blocked a moving police vehicle. He alleged that the defendant grabbed Insp Mohammed Aminu attached to the Police Training College, Ikeja, while on official movement and in police uniform. Ogundare said that the defendant slapped Aminu several times on his face.
Mr S. A. Adebeshin, a legal officer of the police, had applied to the court to remand Kuti for 21 days to enable further investigation on the case. His application was supported by a 12-paragraph affidavit.
Responding, Mr Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) and counsel to the defendant, said that he was not aware of the application for the defendant’s remand. He requested for time to respond to the application. Reacting, Mr M. A. Animashaun, a member of police legal team, submitted that there should be temporary deprivation of liberty of the defendant for purposes of investigation.
He said that Kuti’s alleged victim had been on medical treatment.However, Olumide-Fusika said that Kuti handed himself over to the police and should not be remanded on such grounds.He prayed the court to grant Kuti bail, promising that the defendant would show up whenever needed.