Afrobeat singer Seun Kuti has provided an explanation for his recent altercation with a police officer, captured on video, stating that he welcomes the investigation and will cooperate fully.
According to Seun, the officer had allegedly attempted to harm him and his family, and he claims to have evidence supporting his accusations.
While he has accepted the officer’s apology and decided not to press charges, he has urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to hold accountable anyone found to be at fault.
The incident occurred when Seun was filmed assaulting a police officer in uniform, leading to the IGP ordering his arrest.
In the video, Seun can be seen shoving and slapping the officer, who remained calm throughout the altercation. When a female passenger from Seun’s vehicle attempted to intervene, he instructed her to return to the vehicle, and she complied immediately.
In response to the incident, some Nigerians have criticized Seun for his outburst and called for him to offer an unconditional apology for his actions.
On social media, users expressed their opinions on the matter. @MrFresh_ibk tweeted, “Apologize Seun. You really need to tender a genuine apology, not for the sake of anything but for the sake of history and sanity in this country. We cannot continue to give any hint that this behavior is acceptable in any way if we are advocates of REAL democracy.”
Similarly, @Onuohafayz commented, “If the video wasn’t a skit, then baba, you should be in jail. There is no justification whatsoever for slapping an officer of the law.”
However, the 2023 Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, came to Seun’s defense, suggesting that the altercation may have been politically motivated due to Seun’s affiliation.
Sowore tweeted, “There is nothing wrong if you admit that you want Seun Kuti summarily executed because he did not support Peter Obi for President during the 2023 presidential election.”
Assaulting a law enforcement officer is considered a felony under Nigerian law, punishable by up to three years in prison, as stated in section 356 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act.
The IGP has ordered a swift and thorough investigation into the incident to determine the underlying causes and prosecute the suspect accordingly.
Baba assured Nigerians that acts of contempt or disdain towards symbols of authority will not be tolerated, and those responsible for such crimes will be brought to justice.