Nigerian Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
Lagos police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin tweeted that Kuti had handed himself in on Monday, together with a photograph of the musician in handcuffs.
Police chief Usman Alkali Baba had ordered his detention on Saturday.
Kuti, 40, was “captured on video assaulting a police officer in uniform”, the police spokesman added.
Kuti – the son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti – went to the police headquarters on Monday together with his lawyer and household consultant, Hundeyin added.
Earlier than his arrest, Kuti stated on Twitter that the policeman had tried to kill him and his household, however he didn’t clarify how.
He and his lawyer haven’t commented since his arrest.
Movies posted on-line on Saturday confirmed the 2 males in the course of a busy Lagos street.
It isn’t clear what brought on the altercation however an agitated Kuti might be seen pushing the shocked policeman earlier than hitting him within the face, twice.
The musician has tweeted that he would give “full cooperation” to any investigation.
His motion drew widespread condemnation from Nigerians, with many calling for his speedy arrest and prosecution.
Slapping a police officer is a critical offence in Nigeria, and if charged and located responsible, he dangers three years in jail.
Kuti is the final little one of Fela and leads his father’s former Egypt 80 band.
In 2020, he introduced a revival of his father’s defunct political social gathering – Motion of the Individuals – however was unable to register it with authorities.