Seun Kuti, an Afrobeat musician, is facing the possibility of an extended period in detention as the Nigeria Police Force has requested a four-day extension to complete their investigation into his alleged assault on one of their personnel.
Earlier, Seun was brought before the court on Tuesday following the circulation of a viral video showing him slapping a police officer.
The incident is in violation of Section 356 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act.
It is worth noting that Seun was granted a conditional release on Tuesday, but he has been unable to return home due to a delay caused by the absence of the Chief Magistrate and Registrar of the Yaba Court in Lagos, who are required to sign his bail papers.
According to an alleged source quoted by SaharaReporters, the police have once again brought Seun to court today, seeking the magistrate’s authorization to hold him for additional days without informing his legal representatives.
The police have rushed Seun Kuti back to court in an attempt to secure a four-day extension for the investigation’s conclusion.
This move seemingly aims to prevent the commencement of his scheduled summer tour set to begin on Saturday.
“The case was stood down, and his lawyers are heading to court. Instead of signing his bail bond, the Chief Magistrate commenced a secret hearing that didn’t notify his lawyers,” the source said.
The police prosecutors had also claimed at the Magistrate Court that the assaulted policeman went into a coma after leaving Seun’s house and was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.