The Lagos State Police Command on Monday detained Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, for assaulting a police officer.
Seun, according to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin, reported himself at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Hundeyin posted on Twitter, “Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti, in the early hours of today turned himself in at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, in company of his lawyer and family representative.
“He has been placed under arrest in line with the law. The Command appreciates the public for their concern and assures that the ongoing investigation will be detailed, transparent, professionally pursued; and justice will be manifestly served for all parties involved.”
NIGERIACRIME reported that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had ordered Seun’s arrest after a video of the musician assaulting a policeman surfaced online.
In the viral video, Seun is seen involved in a heated argument with the officer who was standing on the Third Mainland Bridge.
Reacting, the spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Muyiwa Adejobi had said in a statement that the Lagos Police Commissioner had been ordered to immediately investigate the issue.
He said, “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.”
A number of Nigerians have also reacted to the trending video.
While some knocked the musician, others faulted the police, saying that the institution has lost its value for allowing officers serve as security details for influential people.