Seun Kuti, the afrobeat icon, has been freed from custody after fulfilling the terms of his bail, Democracy Reporters can confirm.
Due to an alleged attack on a police officer, Seun has been in the custody of the Nigerian Police Force since last week.
“However, Mr. Kuti’s release on bond, as requested by the magistrate, is already complete and just needs administrative confirmation. The legal team for Seun stated earlier on Tuesday that the procedure has nothing to do with whether or not the court is physically sitting.
Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), the musician’s attorney, confirmed Seun’s release at roughly 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Grammy-nominated musician can be seen giving some people who were waiting for the moment a hug in a social media video that was taken right after he was released.
Seun was detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, also known as Panti, in Yaba, Lagos, after being charged on May 13 with assaulting a police officer on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos.
The musician was granted bail by the presiding magistrate Adeola Olatubosun following his arraignment before a Chief Magistrate Court in Yaba last week. She did, however, grant the police authority to detain Seun for a two-day period in order to complete their inquiries.
Ms. Olatubosun gave the police an additional four-day authorization, which expired today, after they approached her about it.
The magistrate further directed the police to forward any cases for prosecution to the DPP for the state of Lagos.
Tuesday’s hearing was supposed to go on, but it was canceled due to Chief Magistrate Olatubosun’s absence. According to reports, he was away for a training session.
Seun, the son of the father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, is anticipated to appear in court tomorrow after the matter was ultimately deferred till Wednesday for further proceedings.