Information regarding how Seun Kuti tried to “settle” the policeman he assaulted on Third Mainland Bridge has been revealed.
In a viral video, the musician was spotted shoving a policeman before slapping him.
Following an order by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba for Kuti to be arrested and prosecuted, the Grammy Award nominee surrendered himself to the police today, Monday, May 15.
Revealing how the singer tried to settle with the policeman he assaulted, spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin said that the suspect apologized and gave the sum of ₦12,000 to the assaulted officer to repair his damaged vehicle on Saturday.
In a telephone interview on Monday, Hundeyin said “Seun Kuti had on Saturday apologized to the assaulted policeman and given him the sum of ₦12,000 for vehicle repair after the officer followed him to his house in Ikeja after the altercation.
“Fortunately, the policeman had earlier reported the incident at the Area F Police Command, and deposited the ₦12,000 with the Command, before the video of the assault went viral on social media.”
A source privy to the incident confirmed that the officer trailed Kuti to his Akin Osiyemi residence off Allen Avenue, Ikeja after the musician bashed his vehicle on the Third Mainland Bridge.
The source said, “Seun Kuti was the one that bashed the officer’s vehicle, and the policeman followed him to call his attention to it, but the musician alighted from his car and slapped the policeman as seen in the trending video. However, the officer reported the incident at the Police Command in Ikeja.”
“The policeman was alone. After the altercation, he followed Seun Kuti to his home in Ikeja, and the musician apologized to the policeman and gave him ₦12,000 to repair his damaged vehicle.
“But the officer reported the incident at the Area F Police Command in Ikeja, and deposited the ₦12,000 at the counter while he gave a written statement concerning the incident,” another source said.
Kuti is currently being held at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, in Yaba, Lagos State, following a visit to the FCID over the assault.
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