Court Refuses Application For Seun Kuti’s Arraignment
The court adjourned the case until July 3 for mention.
News Agency of Nigeria
On Wednesday, a Sabo-Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State refused an application by the police to arraign Afrobeat singer Seun Kuti formally.
Kuti, released from custody on Tuesday night, had been on remand for six days on the court’s orders.
The police had, on May 16, 2023, applied for remand of the musician over alleged assault on a police officer.
On Wednesday, Cyril Ejiofor, who led a police legal team to the court, applied to allow the singer’s arraignment.
He said that the application was to bring charges against Kuti formally.
However, Kuti’s counsel, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), opposed the application.
He argued that the police refused to send the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice, as directed by the Chief Magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun.
He urged the court not to let the police prosecute and investigate simultaneously.
Falana urged that the order given by the court should not be disregarded.
“The police should duplicate the case and transfer it for the DPP’s advice,” Falana said.
In her ruling, Olatunbosun held that she needed the DPP’s advice before proceeding with the case. She adjourned the case until July 3 for mention.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the police allege that Kuti assaulted a police officer on May 13 on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
According to the police, Kuti slapped an inspector after driving dangerously on the bridge and deliberately blocking a moving police vehicle.
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