A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adeyinka Fusika, who can also be the counsel for the embattled Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, has disclosed why the singer remains to be incarcerated.
Fusika mentioned Kuti remains to be remanded due to lack of “administrative approval” for the singer’s bail.
Fusika, in a chat with punch on Tuesday, mentioned Seun’s bail had nothing to do with the court docket sitting immediately (Tuesday).
Seun, who was arraigned by the police final week for assaulting a policeman, was remanded in police custody by a Magistrates’ Courtroom in Yaba, presided over by Justice of the Peace Adeola Olatunbosun.
In the course of the sitting on Could 16, he was granted bail by the court docket however was to stay in police custody for 48 hours to permit police to finish their investigation.
On Thursday, Could 18, after the 48-hour interval had handed, the police sought to maintain the singer in custody for a further 4 days with the intention to proceed their investigation.
On attending to court docket immediately, it was gathered that the decide had gone for coaching.
In response to his lawyer, the aim of immediately’s sitting was to obtain the Lagos Director of Public Prosecution’s recommendation.
“The court docket, as you’ll recall, had ordered that the prosecution of the case should be by the DPP’s workplace and never by the police, therefore, the police had been additionally ordered to ship the case file to the DPP for analysis and determination as to prosecution.
“The court docket was, subsequently, to take a seat immediately to obtain the DPP’s recommendation, however didn’t as a result of, as we’re knowledgeable, the Justice of the Peace is attending a coaching course,” Fusika famous.
He, nevertheless, claimed that the recommendation of the DPP was not prepared because the police investigation group was nonetheless holding on to the case file.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, nevertheless, maintained that the matter was in court docket and he couldn’t say a lot about it.
“The matter is in court docket already, and for that cause, we can not discuss it,” he informed The PUNCH.
In response to him, an replace in regards to the matter shall be from the top of the police authorized group.
Fusika was optimistic on Tuesday about his shopper’s launch, as he maintained that the bail had been granted already and was solely awaiting “administrative approval.”
“The discharge of Mr Kuti on bail, as ordered by the Justice of the Peace, is simply ready for administrative approval. That course of has nothing to do with whether or not or not the court docket has a bodily sitting. We’re hopeful that Mr. Kuti shall be out immediately on the bail granted him, having fulfilled the phrases,” he acknowledged.
When requested what this administrative approval was all about, he mentioned the bail warrant wanted to be signed by the magistrates or any authorised individual by the court docket