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Assault: Seun Kuti can’t be Arraigned – Court tells Police



Assault Seun Kuti can’t be Arraigned - Court tells Police

Afrobeat singer Seun Kuti has been accused of assaulting a police officer while on official duty and in police uniform.

However, a Lagos State Chief Magistrates Court sitting in Yaba has refused to grant an oral application made by the police seeking permission to arraign him.

The court has adjourned the matter to July 3, 2023, to enable the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to issue a legal advice on the case.

Seun Kuti was released from police custody on Tuesday night and granted bail by the court.

The defence lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), accused the police of disobeying subsisting orders of court and urged the court to dismiss the application.

The police counsel, Cyril Ejiofor, urged the court to dismiss the objection, saying that section 23 of the Police Act, 2020, empowers them to prosecute cases, and that the Nigeria police cannot wait for the state government, having already sent the case file to them.

The magistrate insisted on awaiting the DPP’s advice before proceeding with the case.

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