Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, is set to drag the Nigeria Police to court for parading Seun Kuti in handcuffs.
According to the senior lawyer, who had earlier announced himself as the singer’s lawyer, the action of the police is against the law.
Recall that Kuti had surrendered himself to the Commissioner of Police at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, at 8: am on Monday, May 15, 2023, before being moved by a team of heavily armed policemen in a convoy to the Force Criminal Investigation Unit at Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba had earlier ordered the arrest of Kuti after a video of the Grammy Award nominee assaulting a policeman on the Third Mainland Bridge surfaced online on Saturday, May 13th 2023.
Noting that a photograph of the singer in handcuffs was taken in the open by the Lagos PPRO, Benjamin Hundeyin who coordinated the parade and apparently shared the photograph to the media, Falana stated that 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,” Falana said.
Meanwhile, Police spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi has reacted to the police being criticised for handcuffing the singer while he was paraded.
Adejobi explained that it is a normal procedure to place a suspect in handcuffs before detention.
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