The Police Service Commission (PSC) has frowned at the action of Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat maestro, Fela Kuti.
In a video that has gone viral, the musician wearing a red shirt atop a white pair of trousers was seen slapping an officer standing by a police van.
“You dey mad?”, he repeatedly asked in pidgin while slapping the policeman.
In a statement on Sunday Chairperson of the PSC, Solomon Arase, said no matter the offence, nobody had the right to assault a police officer on official duty.
PSC’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani quoted Arase to have frowned at the effrontery of the younger Kuti to slap the policeman.
“We must, as civilized people, explore established channels of complaints against alleged infractions by law enforcement officials rather than this uncouth behaviour of assaulting the country’s symbol of authority. We look forward to the prompt prosecution of Kuti to act as a deterrent to others,” he was quoted as saying.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, ordered the arrest of Kuti after he was captured assaulting the police operative on duty.
Reacting to the development via Instastory, the musician said the officer attempted to kill him and his family members.
He also claimed that the policeman had apologised and he had forgiven him.
Kuti said: “He tried to kill me and my family. I have the proof but I no dey chase clout. He has apologised and I have agreed not to press charges. Make una mind una business make the poor guy no lose him job.”
On the order to arrest him, the singer said he welcomed the investigation
“I welcome the investigation and will give my full cooperation! I also pray to the IG that whoever is wrong should be indicted,” he wrote.
The development comes weeks after music star, Habeeb Okikiola, aka Portable, was arrested for harassing some policemen.
Portable was detained at police headquarters in Ogun state, and subsequently arraigned at a magistrate’s court in Ifo Local Government Area where he was sent to Ilaro Prison pending the fulfillment of his bail condition.
The musician only spent a few hours at prison before he was released.
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