Alleged assault: Policeman provoked Seun Kuti – Manager

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Seun Kuti’s manager, Ayo Moses, has provided additional details about the circumstances leading up to Seun’s alleged assault on the named police officer following the singer’s arrest on Monday, 15 2023 by the Lagos State Police Command when he turned himself in for questioning regarding the alleged assault at the Force Headquarters in Ikeja.

Moses reportedly stated once more that the aforementioned police officer was truly to blame for inciting Seun to physically assault him.

“On the said day, Seun was driving with his family on the third mainland bridge when he was suddenly hit from behind by a police truck being driven by an officer who was reportedly drunk.

“This act from the officer led Seun’s daughter into a sudden shock, as she was visibly shaken by the hit. So, this made Seun pursue the truck, double-crossed it and forced it to a stop. When the police officer got down from the truck, instead of apologising, he was arguing with Seun, which provoked him to slap the officer. People should realise that men in uniforms also provoke civilians. Immunity is no excuse for impunity,” the newspaper wrote.

NewsClick Nigeria had earlier reported today that the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed in an official statement on his Twitter handle that Seun was arrested in the early hours of Monday, May 15, 2023, when he turned himself in at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, in the company of his lawyer and family representative.

He said; “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.

Recall that NewsClick Nigeria also reported that the arrest of Seun had been ordered by IGP Usman Alkali Baba after a video of the artist slapping a police officer appeared online.

Additionally, the PPRO confirmed to newsmen that Seun Kuti had offered the injured policeman an apology and a N12,000 gift for vehicle repair after the confrontation.

Hundeyin said, “Although the investigation is still ongoing, your correspondence is correct. Seun Kuti apologised to the officer on Saturday and gave him ₦‎12,000 to repair his damaged vehicle after the officer followed him to his house in Ikeja after the altercation.

“Fortunately, the policeman had earlier reported the incident at the Area F Police Command, and deposited the ₦‎12,000 with the Command, before the video of the assault went viral on social media.”