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Seun Kuti released on bail after eight days in custody

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Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, has been released on bail after spending eight days in custody.

Kuti regained his freedom around 7:45pm from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba,

AFRIPOST reports that Seun Kuti was arrested and detained on May 15, after he surrendered himself to the police over an alleged grievous assault on an Inspector of Police on the Third Mainland Bridge, penultimate Saturday.

Announcing his release from police custody on his verified Twitter account, activist, Omoyele Sowore, who shared a video of Kuti receiving warm embraces from his supporters, wrote: “Just to announce that @RealSeunKuti has been released from @PoliceNG detention in Lagos. Hasta la victoria siempre!”

The Nation reports that the singer’s lawyers, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) and Kunle Adegoke (SAN), in an earlier statement assured his supporters that the absence of the Chief Magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun, would not affect his bail.

They issued a statement following protest that greeted announcement at the Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court that proceedings could not hold due to the absence of the Magistrate.

The police had filed a holding charge before the court requesting to detain the suspect for 21 days but was granted two days remand. At the expiration of the 48 hours, the police again, filed an exparte application to the court requesting additional four days to keep the suspect in custody to allow for seamless investigation, which the court obliged.

However, proceedings could not go on at the court on Tuesday following the absence of the Chief Magistrate, who was said to be on a training.

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