Seun Kuti: Okotie Pleads On Singer’s Behalf, Asks IGP To Temper Justice With Mercy
The founder of the Household of God Church, Chris Okotie, has pleaded with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, to show fatherly leniency towards detained afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti.
Reacting to Seun’s ordeal, Okotie, in a statement to the police, urged the IGP to demonstrate paternal clemency towards the singer.
“I would like to urge the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to demonstrate a paternal clemency towards Seun Kuti, in his transgression against an authorised myrmidon of the law.
“Anti-establishment is not acceptable under any guise, however, a humane superintendence is a mark of great leadership.
“The youth have been under tremendous pressure to establish a new Nigerian social order and Seun’s abrasive conduct is a tangent from that trajectory.
“I plead earnestly with the IGP to temper justice with mercy and exculpate Seun of all charges. Femi and Seun Kuti are artistic souvenirs bestowed upon us by the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and we truly appreciate the creative artistry demonstrated in their musical genre.
“Please, find sufficient grace in your heart to anaesthetise the gravity of this provocation. May the blessing of the God of heaven be vouchsafed to you in the plenitude of His Grace,” the statement read.
The Afrobeat singer was recently arrested, detained, and arraigned after being filmed assaulting a police officer on the Third Mainland Bridge.
Adeola Olatubosun, Chief Magistrate of the Court in Yaba, on Tuesday, directed the police to detain the musician for additional 48 hours and then release him on bail.
On Thursday, the Magistrate, however, extended Seun’s remand for additional four days to enable the police to continue with its investigation.
The police also conducted a search at the musician’s home as he continues to spend nights in custody.
Kuti faces up to three years in prison if convicted