PSC Demands Immediate Prosecution of Seun Kuti
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has demanded that popular afrobeat, Seun Kuti, be arraigned immediately for assaulting a Police Officer on duty.
The Commission also demanded that the Inspector-General of Police must ensure that the matter is followed to its logical conclusion to restore public confidence in the Nigeria Police as the lead Agency in internal security and in its ability to maintain law and order and also protect lives and properties.
In a video that went viral on Saturday, Seun Kuti was seen slapping and shoving a Police Officer on Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State. He has since been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command as directed by the IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
PSC Chairman, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, in a statement issued by the Commission’s Spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, said no matter the offence the Police Officer committed, nobody, including Seun Kuti, has the right to assault a Policeman in uniform and on official duty.
Dr. Arase frowned at the effrontery of Seun to slap the Police Officer, insisting that Nigeria is not a Hobbesian state where might is right.
” We must as a civilized people explore established channels of complaints against alleged infractions by law enforcement officials rather than this uncouth behavior in assaulting the symbol of authority in our country” he noted.
” We look forward to the prompt prosecution of Seun to act as a deterrent to others of his ilk.” Dr. Arase added.
He further commended the Police Officer for refusing to be provoked by the action of his aggressor, a development he said would have been more fatal.
The PSC Chairman said it was unfortunate that at a time the Management of the Nigeria Police was dealing decisively with Officers who harass, intimidate or assault civilians on roads and workplaces, the same Police Officers have become victims of the actions of some uncultured elites.
He said the Police should use the present incident to set an example that this will never be tolerated in Nigeria, a country governed by laws, rules, and regulations.
The Chairman noted that the groundswell of public opinion against the conduct of the abuser is indicative of the love and respect Nigerians have for law enforcement Officers.
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