JUST IN: Seun Kuti Granted Bail and Released
Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti was released on Tuesday night on bail from the custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department in Panti, Lagos. His attorney, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Tuesday night.The release comes after the expiration of the extension of Kuti’s remand in police custody, as stated in court documents obtained by The PUNCH. Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun had extended Kuti’s remand until Tuesday, May 23.Last week Thursday, the Sabo-Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos granted the police’s request for an extension of Kuti’s remand to allow for the completion of the investigation and the advice of the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution.Responding to the police’s application, the magistrate agreed to the extension and adjourned the matter to May 23, 2023, for the DPP’s advice, as revealed in the document obtained exclusively by our correspondent on Monday.According to Kuti’s legal counsel, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, the bail conditions had already been met by last Thursday. However, it was discovered that police lawyers went to court on Thursday to seek a remand extension without notifying Kuti’s legal counsel.A source familiar with the matter revealed that the police lawyers appeared in court on Thursday without informing Kuti’s lawyers. When the matter was called for mention, a young lawyer present in court requested a brief adjournment for Kuti’s legal counsel, Olumide-Fusika, SAN, to arrive. However, the magistrate refused and extended Kuti’s detention until Monday.Kuti is facing charges of assaulting a police officer during an altercation on Saturday, May 13, on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. The police allege that he slapped an inspector after driving dangerously on the bridge and deliberately obstructing a moving police vehicle.Kuti was initially arraigned last Tuesday, with the Chief Magistrate ordering his remand for 48 hours. The magistrate further granted bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum at the end of the 48-hour remand. The case was adjourned until May 23 for mention, and the prosecutor was directed to duplicate the case file and forward a copy to the state director of public prosecutions for advice.When asked about the four-day remand extension, Kuti’s lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, stated that there was no comment at the moment and that they would respect the court’s decision. He confirmed that Kuti’s bail conditions had been fulfilled from their side but emphasized that the presiding magistrate had not signed off on the release until after the extended period.