Police Denies Torturing Seun Kuti As Investigations Continue Into Assault Case


Seun Kuti

Seun Kuti, an Afrobeat singer, is being held in detention for assaulting a police officer in the state, although the Lagos State Police Command has denied torturing him.

The musician brought himself in at the Ikeja police headquarters in Lagos after the fight with the unnamed officer, accompanied by his attorney and a member of his family.

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Later, Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, issued a warrant for his arrest.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, said since the singer turned himself in, police authorities have not and will not lay a finger on Seun Kuti.

He tweeted;

Contrary to some people’s emotion-laden expectations, we are smart enough not to torture him.

We will not undermine our case. Not a finger has been laid on him nor will be laid on him. Like we assured, full and transparent investigation.

He pledged the commitment of the Command to ensure a full and transparent investigation of the case.


Meanwhile, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika who is the lawyer to the afrobeat musician says his client will at the right time and place and in as rigorous a manner as possible defend himself under the law.

Olumide-Fusika stated this in a press statement dated May 16th. The lawyer was reacting to certain comments made in the media by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin.

According to Olumide-Fusika, his client expected that “having completed his investigative work, Mr Benjamin Hundeyin, a law enforcer, would proceed according to law by sending the file containing his report of investigation for legal evaluation towards possible prosecution.

Although he had been with the Police since 8:00 am on Monday 15th May 2023, Mr Seun Kuti notes that it was at about 8:00 pm that day, after Mr Benjamin Hundeyin had already completed and published his investigative report above, that he was asked to make a statement to the Police at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.

Mr Seun Kuti has therefore volunteered to his interlocutors a statement to the effect that since Mr Benjamin Hundeyin has already done the investigation and issued and published his report on it, there was no useful purpose to be served by any statement from him.



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