Seun Kuti assault on Nigerian Policeman is not going away as IGP orders arrest

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Seun Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat singer and the son of Fela Kuti, has sparked outrage among the Nigerian Police and controversy among Nigerians over a recent video that surfaced on social media.

Seun was seen slapping and shoving an officer while the officer maintained calm.

Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has expressed his concerns through numerous tweets.

In one of his tweets, Prince Adejobi described the incident as “unfortunate,” adding that the Force will “have a scapegoat,” referring to Seun.

“It’s unfortunate that many Nigerians dont have regard for our constituted authority, law enforcement agents, most especially the NPF. It’s even annoying that those who enjoy a lot of privileges and goodies from the Police that rubbish the Force, most. Imagine,” he tweeted.

He added, “Anyway, it’s always good to have a scapegoat in every development. Another one is welcome. Ireee oo.

“I feel sad when a supposed respected personality behaves irrationally and runs foul of the law. Too bad. O ma seee ooo.”

He commended the officer, whose identity is yet to be established, for being “very professional, calm, and mature,” adding, “The policeman deserves justice, and he must get it,” indicating that his attacker will face justice.

Seun Kuti assaults Police officer
Seun Kuti assaults Police officer

The PRO also said that Afrobeat would not be invited. He said, “Invitation on what? The preceding action of the policeman is immaterial. It’s a clear case that Seun has assaulted a policeman, on duty, even in uniform. It’s a criminal offence.”

The officer disagrees with calling Seun a role model, saying, “This can’t be a good role model. To beat a policeman in uniform, slapping, pushing, a policeman, I dont think any normal thinking person will applaud him for that, except those who, hmmm, make I no talk joor.”

The PRO isn’t the only one calling for the rest of the Afro Beat singer; the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has called for the immediate arrest of the singer.

In a statement on Saturday, the IGP also “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.”

Meanwhile, Seun has defended his action, arguing that the police officer tried to “kill him and his family.”

On Saturday, Seun wrote on his Instagram, “He tried to kill me and my family. I 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 his job.”

Meanwhile, in the video making the rounds on the internet, Seun Kuti lambasted the policeman after slapping him.

The police operative did not retaliate in the video.

Kuti’s car was stopped by a police officer on an expressway in Lagos, which did not sit well with the singer.

Kuti was heard in the video saying, “You dey craze? You dey mad?”

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