Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has ordered the immediate arrest and arraignment of Nigerian artist Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti, also known as Seun Kuti, for attacking a police officer.
Seun, the youngest son of famed Afrobeats godfather Fela Kuti, was caught on tape slapping a hapless officer dressed in police gear.
The incident allegedly occurred on Lagos’ Third Mainland Bridge on the evening of Saturday, May 13, 2023.
Although no one knows what happened before that move, immediately after the video aired online, the young Kuti took to his Instagram Story to provide his side of the story.
According to the musician, the police officer had tried to kill him and his family before he descended on him in the manner he did.
Seun said, “He tried to kill me and my family. have the proof but I no dey chase clout. He has apologised and I have agreed not to press charges. Make una mind una business make the poor guy no lose him job.”
But, in a swift reaction, the IGP ordered the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Omohunwa, to with immediate effect, arrest the artiste and commence investigations into the cause of the incident.
The statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, quoted the police chief as saying that such hideous crimes against the police will not be condoned.
The statement read: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command to arrest Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, who was captured on video assaulting a police officer in uniform.
“The IGP has equally ordered a speedy and full investigation into the remote and immediate cause(s) of the assault and prosecution of the suspect accordingly.
“IGP Usman Alkali Baba assures Nigerians that acts of contempt/disdain for symbols of authority will not be tolerated while offenders of such hideous crimes will be surely brought to book.”