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Assault: Court extends Seun Kuti’s detention by 4 days

Assault: Court extends Seun Kuti’s detention by 4 days

A Sabo-Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday granted a request for the troubled afrobeat musician Seun Kuti’s remand to be extended by an additional four days.

Kuti’s remand was increased by the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adeola Olatubosun, until May 22.

The application was moved by Mr. Simon Lough, who arrived in court with a group of police attorneys.

He said that the reason for the prolongation is to allow for additional case investigation.

When Mr. Kuti allegedly slapped an Inspector of Police on May 13, 2023, after driving recklessly on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State and purposely impeding a moving police car, he was charged with assaulting a police officer.

He was earlier arraigned, on Tuesday, May 16, during which the chief magistrate ordered his remand for 48 hours.

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She, however, held that the defendant should be admitted to bail in the sum of N1 million, with two sureties in like sum, at the end of the 48-hour remand, stating that one of the sureties must be a landlord within the jurisdiction of the court.

She adjourned the case to May 22, 2023, for mention and directed the prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward a copy to the state director of public prosecutions for advice.

Meanwhile, the Police faulted insinuation by Seun’s defense counsel that he (Seun) was paraded, urging him to desist from engaging in media trial and allow the judicial process to take its full course.

In a statement by the Head of Chambers for the Nigeria Police, DCP Simon Lough, SAN, said: “Seun Kuti was not paraded as erroneously alleged by his lawyers. It was his photograph, fingerprints, name, and address that were taken as provided for in the law.

But reacting to claims by Mr Lough, the defense team of Kuti, Mr Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, urged the Magistrate Court to send the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution “for legal evaluation and possible charge and prosecution before a court of law.”

Olumide-Fusika, in a statement, faulted the continued remand of the embattled singer.

Assault: Court extends Seun Kuti’s detention by 4 days

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