Why Seun Kuti Was Handcuffed After Arrest...Nigeria Police

 The Nigeria Police has given reasons why Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti was handcuffed after his arrest 

In addition to that, a Magistrate court sitting in Lagos today granted a request by the Police to detain Seun for another four days to conclude its investigation 

This was the press statement from the police on his handcuff and other issues being raised by Nigerians 


It has become imperative to correct some misrepresentations being circulated on social media solely to garner sympathy from the public and to divert attention from the fact in issue. 

First of all, there is no law that prohibits the use of  handcuffs to restrain a suspect especially a suspect that has shown tendency of violence like Seun Kuti that has already shown act of violence by attacking and slapping a police officer in uniform and even threatened his wife in the process. 

Secondly, section 10(4) of Administration of Criminal Justice Law  of Lagos State allows the taking of photographs of suspects arrested for identification and record purpose. Seun Kuti was not paraded as erroneously alleged by his lawyers. 

It was his photograph, fingerprints, name and address that were taken as provided for in the law. The Nigeria Police hereby assures the public and all law abiding  Nigerians that the Force will not engage in media trial of the case but would carryout investigation in line 

with the law, professionalism and international best practices. 

The Nigeria Police equally appeals  to the defence team of Seun Kuti to desist from engaging in media trial/defence of their client and allow the judicial process take its full course. The Nigeria Police reiterate its adherence to the rule of law and the protection of rights and liberties of the citizens. 


Head of Chambers,

Nigeria Police Force

May 18, 2023.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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