A Nigerian Afrobeat star was arrested on Monday after being accused of assaulting a police officer in a Lagos shopping centre.
Seun Kuti was arrested at the Lagos State Police headquarters after turning himself in, according to police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin, who tweeted photos of the celebrity in handcuffs.
The son of Nigerian music icon and political agitator Fela, who himself has been arrested in series by Nigerian military regimes, Kuti was “caught on video assaulting a uniformed police officer,” police said.
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Videos posted online appeared to show an agitated Kuti pushing a police officer as the officer stood alongside a police vehicle along a main road in Lagos on Saturday.
It’s unclear what led to the confrontation, though Kuti tweeted that the officer in question “tried to kill me and my family.” He suggested that the officer tried to ram their car.
Police Inspector General Usman Alkali Baba ordered an investigation into the incident. The inspector general “assures Nigerians that acts of contempt/contempt for symbols of authority will not be tolerated while offenders of such horrific crimes will surely be reported,” police said.