Lawyers to detained Afrobeat Singer, Seun Kuti have expressed hope that he would be released despite the failure of the court to sit on Tuesday.
Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN and Kunle Adegoke, SAN two of the lawyers representing the musician in a statement affirmed that perfecting the bail was an administrative procedure that does not require the court to sit.
Seun Kuti was detained penultimate Monday after a video of him assaulting a policeman went viral.
He was granted bail last Tuesday but the police asked for an extension of the Remand to enable further investigation.
The statement of the lawyers read thus:
- The purpose of today’s sitting was to receive the Lagos DPP’s advice.
- The Court, as you will recall, had ordered that the prosecution of the case must be by the DPP’s office and not by the Police, hence the Police was also ordered to send the case file to the DPP for evaluation and decision as to prosecution.
- The court was therefore to sit today to receive the DPP’s advice, but did not because, as we’re informed, the Magistrate is attending a training course. However, the Advice of the DPP is not ready as the police investigation team is still holding on to the case file.
- Nevertheless, the release of Mr. Kuti on bail, as ordered by the Magistrate, is only waiting for administrative approval. That process has nothing to do with whether or not the court has a physical sitting. We are hopeful that Mr. Kuti will be out today on the bail granted him, having fulfilled the terms.