PSC commends IGP over order to arrest Seun Kuti


The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Sunday commended the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, for ordering the arrest of Seun Kuti for attacking a police officer on duty.

In a video that has gone viral, the Afrobeat musician, wearing a red shirt atop a white pair of trousers, was seen slapping a policeman standing by a police van.

While slapping the policeman, he repeatedly asked him: “You dey mad? (are you insane?).”

Chairman of the PSC, Dr Solomon Arase, said in a statement that no matter the offence, nobody, including Kuti, had the right to assault a policeman on official duty.

Arase frowned at the effrontery of Kuti to have slapped the policeman, insisting that Nigeria is not a Hobbesian state where might is right.

“We must, as civilized people, explore established channels of complaints against alleged infractions by law enforcement officials rather than this uncouth behaviour of assaulting the country’s symbol of authority.

“We look forward to the prompt prosecution of Kuti to act as a deterrent to others,’’ Arase was quoted in the statement issued by PSC’s spokesman, Mr Ikechukwu Ani.

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