MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afro Beat Singer son; Seun Kuti has finally given up himself to the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force about 48 hours after he was declared wanted for insulting and slapping a uniformed policeman on duty in Lagos.
AtlanticNewsonline gathered from police sources on Monday afternoon that Seun Kuti turned himself up early in the morning at Lagos State Police Command Headquarters,
Ikeja where he was picked, handcuffed and driven to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Panti Yaba.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human right activist, Femi Falana was on Sunday quoted in the media as promising that Seun would surely surrender himself to the police after it was reported that a team of policemen who went to arrest him could not see him.
The younger singer who characteristically takes after his late father Fela in the Afro Beat space, was seen in a video that went viral at the weekend, raining abuses on a uniformed
policeman and subsequently slapped him with his left hand for a reason investigation would eventually reveal. However, from the video, it appeared that the policeman used the patrol vehicle to bash Seun’s car.
Despite the policeman’s gentle mien as captured in the video, Fela’s son had come down too heavy with intimidation and brashness on the officer without the least feeling that he was talking to a law enforcement person in spite of how rightful he might think he was.
It was this denigrating scenario to stoked the nationwide reaction that prompted the Inspector General of Police to order for Seun’s arrest. Subsequently, the Police Service Commission on Sunday while applauding IGP’s order directed for Seun Kuti’s immediate prosecution as a way of teaching future offenders some lesson.
The Afro Beat Singer seemed to have made matters worse for himself when he boasted in another trending video that he has slapped police men severally and that once you know the son of whom you are, you do not need to fear.
He regaled himself by contending audaciously that he was not afraid of arrest as justice is a two way track traffic, meaning that even though he is arrested and prosecuted, he can still come out of the matter free without conviction.
Now that operatives at the SCIID are interrogating and possibly to charge him anytime soon to court, his lawyers must be warming up to defend him.