Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti bail application granted

Seun Kuti, Afrobeat musician was set free on bail Tuesday night, after being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Bureau, Panti, Lagos. The development was confirmed by his attorney, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, in a phone interview with sources  on Tuesday night. “Yes, Ṣeun Kuti was released a few minutes ago,” they said.

GIN previously learned that musician Afrobeat could be released today (Tuesday) following the expiration of his extended detention, court documents obtained by GIN reveal that Chief Justice Adeola Olatunbosun has Kuti’s pre-trial detention period until Tuesday. , May 23.

The document shows that the Sabo-Yaba Magistrates Court in Lagos State last Thursday granted the police a request to extend the pre-trial detention period of Seun Kuti until Tuesday (today), to allow permit the police to conclude their investigation and to seek the advice of the Lagos State Prosecutor General.

Police told the court that the two-day extension of pre-trial detention he was previously granted was not enough for him to finish his investigation. In response to the police request, the judge said, “I will grant an extension. The case is adjourned to May 23, 2023, in the opinion of the DPP,” revealed documents obtained by sources on Monday.

Meanwhile, the musician’s legal counsel, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, told GIN that the bail conditions of his client (Seun Kuti) were met last Thursday.

However, our reporter learned that police lawyers went to court on Thursday to ask for an extension of pre-trial detention without notifying the musician’s legal counsel. “The police attorney went to court on Thursday without notifying Seun’s lawyer.

When the case was called for presentation, a young lawyer present in court begged the judge to suspend the case for about five minutes so that Seun Kuti’s legal counsel, Olumide-Fusika, SAN, who rushed from Ikeja.

“But the judge refused and extended Seun’s detention until Monday,” a source familiar with the development told our reporter on Thursday.

Our reporter learned that senior police adviser Simon Lough, SAN, filed the request, noting that the extension is intended to allow for a more thorough investigation of the case.

GIN reported that Kuti is accused of assaulting a police officer during a melee on Saturday, May 13, at the Third Mainland Bridge, in Lagos. Police allege he slapped an inspector after recklessly driving across a bridge and intentionally stopping a moving police vehicle.

Kuti was charged last Tuesday, during which time the Chief Justice had previously ordered him to be detained for 48 hours and ruled that the defendant would be released on bail of N1 million with two fines. bail for the same amount, at the end of 48-hour pre-trial detention.

However, after the second charge last Thursday, the judge adjourned the case until May 23 to refer and order the prosecutor to copy the file and forward a copy to the Director of Public Prosecutions. the Bang for comments.
Satisfying the bail conditions of Seun Kuti – Lawyer

Reacting to developments in an interview with our reporter, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, noted that the musician’s bail conditions were met, while also hinting that the court’s decision The judgment on the extension of detention for four days before trial will be upheld.

Olumide-Fusika said: “There was no comment on the four-day extension. It’s the court’s decision, we’ll wait.
“However, Ṣeun Kuti’s bail conditions have been met on our part.

But because there was a court decision that lasted more than four days, the magistrate of the court did not sign it until after that date.

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