LAGOS, Nigeria – Grammy-nominated Afrobeat artist Seun Kuti has regained his freedom following a period of police detention in Lagos, according to activist Omoyele Sowore.
Kuti, a notable figure in Nigeria’s music industry and son of legendary musician Fela Kuti, was remanded at the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos following accusations of assaulting a policeman, an event that gained notoriety due to a widely circulated video.
Announcing Kuti’s release on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Sowore took to Twitter stating, “Just to announce that @RealSeunKuti has been released from @PoliceNG detention in Lagos. Hasta la victoria siempre!” The Spanish phrase translates to “Onward until victory.”
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) May 23, 2023
Kuti, known for his socially conscious music that often critiques Nigerian government policies, was held under the orders of a Yaba Chief Magistrate Court.
Details surrounding the alleged assault remain unclear, sparking heated debates on social media about police treatment of celebrities and influential figures in Nigeria.
With Kuti’s release, supporters and music fans worldwide are hoping for a fair and just resolution to the allegations.
They look forward to Kuti’s return to the music scene, where his afrobeat tunes resonate with messages of social justice and political reform.