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Monday, May 15, 2023

Slap saga: SAN decries Police treatment to Seun Kuti - ITREALMS

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, representing the embattled Seun Kuti, has frowned at the treatment his client received despite self-reporting to the office of the Commissioner of Police at the Police Command, Ikeja, at 8 am today Monday May 15, 2023, reports 
Slap saga: SAN decries Police treatment to Seun Kuti - ITREALMS
Seun Kuti, ITREALMS recalled had encounter with a policeman on the Third Mainland Bridge on Saturday the 13th May, 2023, culminating in a viral video where Kuti slapped the Police officer.

Reacting to the manner of treatment received by Seun Kuti by Olumide-Fusika, SAN, who accompanied him to the Ikeja police station together with another lawyer, Mr. Femi Akinyemi from Falana and Falana chambers, Fusika noted there was no interrogation as it was decided he would be moved to the Force Criminal Investigation Unit at Panti, Yaba.

"Before his movement, Mr. Seun Kuti, was handcuffed and his photograph taken in the open by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. David Hundeyin who coordinated the parade and apparently shared the photograph of his parade in the media," he decried.

A press statement available to ITREALMS and entitled "Seun Kuti: An Update" Olumide-Fusika said in part.

"Mr. Kuti is presumed innocent until the contrary is proved by the State. Therefore, the decision of the police to subject him to the media parade violates section 9 of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, which has prohibited any form of parade of criminal suspects in Nigeria in Lagos State. The Police is supposed to enforce the Law, but prefers to disrespect and break it so casually and randomly. A Police institution that has no respect for the law it exists to enforce is not a good example to alleged law breakers.

"The decision of the police to handcuff Mr. Kuti is equally illegal as it constitutes a violation of Section 5 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

"After handcuffing him, the Police then drove him in a long convoy of heavily armed personnel from Ikeja to Panti Lagos, where he was again displayed for viewing to the men and officers of that police formation, and is currently held.

"We await the next move of the Police on the misdemeanor alleged against Mr. Seun Kuti," Fusika said.

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