Seun Kuti, an Afrobeat singer, has reacted to a claim that he pulled out a gun at some individuals during a parking space dispute around his place of residence in Ikeja, Lagos.
In a video shared on his Instagram page on Sunday, the 37-year-old Afrobeat star gave his side of the story with the caption: “Gun or no Gun My life was threatened openly!”
While stating that there were “gunshots fire because men dey. You wan try rubbish and gunshot wouldn’t sound?” Seun, however, did not admit to pulling out a gun.
The singer was reacting after Temitayo Ayetoto, a journalist, had taken to Twitter to allege that she saw him pulling out a gun and assaulting guests who were attending a party near his home along Akin Osiyemi street.
“Seun Kuti pulled out a gun over a street parking matter in Ikeja tonight, personally assaulted the car owners attending the party, used thugs to assault them and called them gluttons at a paid event. I saw it happen,” she had written on Saturday.
SEUN KUTI pulled out a gun over a street parking matter in Ikeja tonight, personally assaulted the car owners attending the party, used thugs to assault them and called them gluttons at a paid event…I saw it happen.@fisayosoyombo@houseofdoyin@GlowvilleTweets
— Temitayo Ayetoto (@Temietayur) December 12, 2020Advertisement
The claim was thereafter met with mixed reactions among Kuti’s fans as many raised questions as to what could have transpired.
In the 16-minute video, the singer alleged that a group of heavily built men had threatened to kill him when he challenged them for hosting a day-long party that blocked off the exit to his home.
“It’s like we’re trapped because some people want to make money for themselves. They put cars all over our streets. These people didn’t notify us yesterday and started their party at 9am with loud music,” he said.
“Everywhere in my house was shaking. I went to bed at 7:30. I tried to sleep but I couldn’t. 6:30pm and the party was still on. I wanted to go but these people had blocked my gate and my neighbours. For 20 minutes, I was looking for these b**tards.
“I got angry and they went into the party to call the person who parked the car. He came and was doing like some big man. He questioned me and I slapped him straight.
“What if we needed to take a dying person out on emergency? Nobody thinks about that because they want to eat free rice. The guy was moving his car but the party people called their bouncers to my own house.
“All men, we launched them back to their party. I was about to drive out when one of the party-goer stopped dead in the middle of the road as his fuel finished. I was waiting for them to buy fuel and their bouncers came back to threaten my life.
“They said they’d come and look for me and treat my f**k-up. Should I have let him come and kill me? That was where the fight started and we did not need to pull guns on anyone. We beat them with our bare hands. We broke their noses and tore their uniforms. They escaped naked in short nickers.
“There were gunshots because there were men. Did they expect they’ll try rubbish and guns wouldn’t sound? Even if the federal government comes for me without an arrest warrant, it’ll be a shootout.”
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