Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti was released on bail Tuesday night from the custody of the State Criminal Investigation Bureau, Panti, Lagos.
According to Punch, his attorney, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, revealed in a phone interview Tuesday night.
“Yes, Ṣeun Kuti was released a few minutes ago,” he said.
Remember that it was previously announced that musician Afrobeat could be released today (Tuesday) after the expiration of his detention? According to court records, Kuti’s pre-trial detention was extended by the Chief Justice until May 23.
According to the document, the Magistrates Court in Sabo-Yaba, Lagos State issued a police request for an extension of Seun Kuti’s detention until Tuesday (today) so that she can complete her investigation. and consult with the Lagos State Department of Public Affairs. . prosecute.
Police informed the court that an extension of the first two days of pretrial detention was not sufficient to complete their 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 exclusively by our reporter on Monday.
Meanwhile, the musician’s legal counsel, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, told The Punch that the bail conditions for his client (Seun Kuti) were met last Thursday. However, it was found that police lawyers went to court on Thursday to request an extension of the detention order without notifying the musician’s attorney.
“The police attorney went to court on Thursday without notifying Seun’s lawyer. When the case was mentioned, a young lawyer present in court begged the judge to suspend the case for about five minutes so that Seun Kuti’s lawyer, Olumide-Fusika, SAN, who had been rushed from Ikeja, arrived. . .
“But the judge refused and extended Seun’s detention until Monday,” a source familiar with the matter told our reporter on Thursday.
It is documented that senior police adviser Simon Lough, SAN, made the request, noting that the extension was intended to allow for further investigation into the matter. Recall that Kuti was accused of assaulting a police officer during an altercation on Saturday, May 13, on 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 conviction 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.
Meeting 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 on an extension of the four-day detention period will be respected. Olumide-Fusika said: “There was no comment on the four-day extension. It’s a court decision, let’s wait and see.
“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 president of the court did not sign it until after that date.
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