Afrobeat sensation Seun Kuti has been set free from police custody in Lagos State, according to a video shared on Twitter by human rights activist Omoyele Sowore on Tuesday evening.
Earlier in the day, Kuti’s legal representatives released a statement indicating that his bail, as ordered by Magistrate Adebola Olatubosun, was awaiting administrative approval.
“The purpose of today’s sitting was to receive the Lagos DPP’s advice.
“The Court, as you will recall, had ordered that the prosecution of the case must be by the DPP’s office and not by the Police, hence the Police was also ordered to send the case file to the DPP for evaluation and decision as to prosecution.
“The court was therefore to sit today to receive the DPP’s advice, but did not because, as we’re informed, the Magistrate is attending a training course. However, the Advice of the DPP is not ready as the police investigation team is still holding on to the case file.
“Nevertheless, the release of Mr. Kuti on bail, as ordered by the Magistrate, is only waiting for administrative approval. That process has nothing to do with whether or not the court has a physical sitting. We are hopeful that Mr. Kuti will be out today on the bail granted him, having fulfilled the terms,” Kuti’s lawyers, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN and Kunle Adegoke, SAN had said in a statement.
Following an application made by the prosecution counsel led by Simon Lough (SAN), Magistrate Olatubosun granted an extension of remand for Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti, lasting an additional four days, as of last Thursday. The purpose of the extension was to allow for further investigation into the case.
Consequently, the Magistrate ruled that Kuti’s remand would continue until May 22.Kuti, who was initially brought before the court on Tuesday the previous week, had been remanded in police custody for 48 hours.
The defendant faced charges of allegedly assaulting a police officer, an offense that contravenes Section 356 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act