Admin l Tuesday, May 23, 2023
LAGOS, Nigeria – The lawyers representing Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, Messrs. Olumide Fusika and Kunle Adegoke, SANs have assured Nigerians that the musician will be out of detention today even though the magistrate failed to seat at the resumption of hearing.
The lawyers said the bail condition stipulated by the magistrate for his release have already being fulfilled and that the musician will be out whether or not there was a sitting.
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He said the purpose of the hearing today was to receive the Lagos DPP’s advice but did not because parties were informed that the magistrate is attending a training course and that the DPP advice is also not ready since the case file is still with the police.
“However, the Advice of the DPP is not ready as the police investigation team is still holding on to the case file”, the Senior Advocates said.
See his full statement earlier today
- 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.
Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN
Kunle Adegoke, SAN