Protesters storm court in superhero costumes to demand release of Seun Kuti (Video)
Protesters besieged the Yaba magistrate’s court in Lagos state on Tuesday, May 23, to challenge the continued detention of Afrobeats singer, Seun Kuti.
The group under the auspices of Youth Rights Campaign (YRC), African Action Congress (AAC), Movement for African Emancipation (MAE), Pan-African Consciousness Renaissance (PACOR), Workers and Youth Solidarity Network (WYSN), Movement of the People (MOP) and allies gathered outside the court and gave the Lagos police command a 24-hour ultimatum for the immediate release of the musician.
Despite meeting the requirements for his bail, the police have refused to release Seun.
The demonstrators, some of whom wore Batman and Superman costumes, displayed placards with inscriptions such as: “#FreeSeunKutiCampaign,” “End Police Brutality,” “Independent Judiciary: Is it really independent”.
Seun’s appearance in court originally scheduled for May 23, was delayed as the presiding Magistrate Justice was absent, without an official explanation.
The court clerk confirmed that the case has been adjourned until Wednesday.
Gideon Adeyeni, one of the protesters campaigning for Kuti’s release, said the way the government and the police have dealt with him shows that they are “interested in persecuting him.”
Kuti was charged by the Lagos State Police Command with assaulting a police officer.
Watch the protest below: