SEUN KUTI: Police Caution Lawyers To Allow Law Take Its Course
The Police have cautioned the defence team of Seun Kuti to desist from engaging in media trial and allow the judicial process to take its full course.
According to the Police, misrepresentations are being circulated on social media to whip up sentiment and divert attention from the fact of the issue.
In a statement by the Force Head of Chambers, DCP Simon Lough (SAN), on Thursday, the Force maintained that it would not engage in a media trial of the case but would carry out the investigation in line with the law.
“It has become imperative to correct some misrepresentations being circulated on social media solely to garner sympathy from the public and to divert attention from the fact in the issue.
“First of all, there is no law that prohibits the use of handcuffs to restrain a suspect, especially a suspect that has shown the tendency of violence like Seun Kuti, that has already shown acts of violence by attacking and slapping a Police Officer in uniform and even threatened his wife in the process.
“Secondly, section 10(4) of Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State allows the taking of photographs of suspects arrested for identification and record purpose. Seun Kuti was not paraded as erroneously alleged by his lawyers. It was his photograph, fingerprints, name and address that were taken as provided for in the law. The Nigeria Police hereby assures the public and all law-abiding Nigerians that the Force will not engage in a media trial of the case but will carry out the investigation in line with the law, professionalism and international best practices.
“The Nigeria Police equally appeals to the defence team of Seun Kuti to desist from engaging in media trial/defence of their client and allow the judicial process to take its full course. The Nigeria Police reiterate its adherence to the rule of law and the protection of the rights and liberties of the citizens.”
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