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Protesters storm Lagos court, demand release of Seun Kuti, give ultimatum

Protesters on Tuesday demanded the immediate release of afro beats singer Seun Kuti within 24 hours.

The youngest child of afro beats legend Fela Anikulapo was arrested on May 15 for allegedly assaulting a police operative on Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

The protesters thronged the Chief Magistrate Court Yaba, Lagos, asking police to release Kuti from detention.

They protested under the auspices of Youth Rights Campaign (YRC); African Action Congress (AAC); Movement for African Emancipation (MAE); Pan-African Consciousness Renaissance (PACOR); Workers and Youth Solidarity Network (WYSN); Movement of the People (MOP) and allies.

They displayed placards with inscriptions such as: “#FreeSeunKutiCampaign,” “Independent Judiciary: Is it really independent,” End Police Brutality,” amongst others.

Addressing the protesters, the former chairperson of African Action Congress AAC in Lagos, Kunle Wizeman Ajayi, asked police to tender the evidence gathered from their investigation in court and release Seun Kuti.

He said: “Go and charge Seun give him bail and charge him. You have evidence enough to tender in court,” Mr Ajayi said.

Ajayi said the singer has suffered illegality in the face of the law, calling on police to release him by tomorrow morning or face the consequences.

The Nation reports Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun, who was to preside over the case, was absent on Tuesday.

However, Seun Kuti and his counsel, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika were present in court.


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