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Nigerian Police Move To Revoke Seun Kuti’s Gun Licence To Spite Him After Futile Search Of His House

May 17, 2023

Police sources told SaharaReporters on Wednesday that the operatives however found only a “gun licence” and when they requested to see the gun, they were told it had been sent for repairs.

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State command, who invaded the house of Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, who is a son of music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, were looking for evidence of cannabis and weapons to incriminate him.


Police sources told SaharaReporters on Wednesday that the operatives however found only a “gun licence” and when they requested to see the gun, they were told it had been sent for repairs.


SaharaReporters earlier on Tuesday reported that the police stormed the residence of Seun Kuti and ransacked it in search of evidence to nail the Afrobeat singer.


SaharaReporters had learnt that the operatives thoroughly combed it as they fished for evidence to charge him with a separate crime.


It was learnt that the officers took the musician along when they went to his house and seized his wife’s mobile phone.


On Monday, SaharaReporters exclusively reported that the police drove Seun’s wife away from the police station when she brought him food after calling her all sorts of names and threatening to arrest her as an accomplice.


Speaking on Wednesday, one of the police sources said, “What police found during Kuti’s home search. They were looking for cannabis and weapons. They found only a gun licence and then requested to see the gun which had been sent for repairs. They are working to revoke the licence.”


Also, SaharaReporters reported that the Chief Magistrate Court in Yaba, Lagos granted bail to the musician on Tuesday.


The court also ordered the police to finish their investigation into the alleged assault of a policeman in 48 hours and allow Kuti to go home.


"The court grants police 48 hours to complete 'their investigations' after which Kuti can be left to go home on bail.


"Kuti's bail is with two sureties who must be with landed property in Lagos," a source had said.


SaharaReporters learnt that the Chief Magistrate also asked the police to remove themselves from prosecuting him.


She directed that the case file should be duplicated and forwarded to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions for prosecution.


SaharaReporters had reported that the police prosecutors claimed at the Magistrate Court that the assaulted policeman was in a coma, and was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.


Speaking with SaharaReporters, a source who was in the courtroom had said, “The Chief Magistrate Mrs, Adeola Olatunbosun Magistrate Court 1 Yaba took statement from the Nigerian police applying to detain Seun Kuti for 21 days, claiming the policeman he allegedly assaulted is in a coma at an undisclosed hospital.


“However, Kuti’s lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika countered that the police already stated publicly that the police officer trailed and went to Seun's house and accepted N12,000 to repair his car. It also emerged that the DCP in Panti had gone to meet the Magistrate earlier before secretly moving Seun to the court without notifying his lawyer.


“They also accused Seun of not writing a statement, but Olumide-Fusika countered that he was there when Seun wrote a statement. The Chief Magistrate decided to go on recess to 'study the file.'”


Seun Kuti was on Monday arrested and handcuffed when he visited the state police command.


SaharaReporters earlier reported that the musician kept his word that he would cooperate with the police by turning himself in on Monday to cooperate with the investigation into the allegation that he assaulted a policeman as captured in a viral video.


He was however arrested, handcuffed by the police and moved to SCIID, Panti for interrogation.