The trial of Seun Kuti, the Afrobeat singer, for alleged assault, has been stalled following the absence of Adeola Olatubosun of the magistrate’s court in Yaba, Lagos.
The singer was scheduled to be arraigned before the court on Tuesday.
But a source at the court told TheCable Lifestyle that the chief magistrate was on an official assignment.
The source added that the court won’t be sitting today.
Seun, the youngest son of Fela Kuti, the late Afrobeat legend, was apprehended on April 15 after he was filmed assaulting a police officer on the Third Mainland Bridge.
He was detained at the state criminal investigation Department (SCID) and arraigned before the magistrate’s court on April 16.
The police had sought to get an order to further keep him in custody for 21 days pending the conclusion of its investigation.
But the chief magistrate of the court directed the police to detain the musician for additional 48 hours and then release him on bail.
On Thursday, Olatubuson extended Seun’s remand for additional four days to enable the police to continue with its investigation.
She also ordered that Seun’s file be duplicated and sent to the director of public prosecution (DPP) and subsequently adjourned the trial till May 22.
The trial was thereafter shifted to Tuesday, May 23.
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Ahead of the singer’s trial on Tuesday, demonstrators were seen outside the court carrying banners with inscriptions like ‘Free Seun Kuti’ and ‘End Police Brutality’ among others.
Speaking with TheCable Lifestyle, Kunle Ajayi, a member of the Movement of the People (MOP), accused the police of collaborating with the magistrate to frustrate the trial.
“There have been a lot of collaborations to stop us. Nobody can stop us. Because when we rise, we rise. We are watching with her two eyes open in a very painstaking manner,” he said.
On his part, Francis Mwaba, the national secretary of the Youths Rise Movement (YRM), demanded the unconditional release of the musician “between now and tomorrow”.
“Seun must be released now unconditionally between now and tomorrow or we are going to go back to the street,” Mwaba said.
According to Nigerian laws, Kuti could face up to three years in prison if convicted of the assault allegation against him.
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