Seun Kuti resumes eating after hunger strike
Remanded Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, has reportedly ended his hunger strike after being initially rejected by fellow detainees in police custody.
Earlier, a viral video showed Seun being accused of slapping a police officer on the Third Mainland Bridge on May 13, leading to an order for his arrest by the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba.
Subsequently, Seun voluntarily turned himself in for questioning the following Monday, accompanied by his lawyers and a family representative. He was arraigned at a Chief Magistrate Court in Sabo, Yaba on Tuesday, where he was granted bail. However, the court ruled that the bail would become effective after 48 hours to allow the police to conclude their investigation. As a result, Seun was remanded in police custody.
According to Vanguard, after the initial investigations were completed, Seun was taken to the cell at the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos. However, the other detainees strongly objected to his presence and vehemently refused to accept him into their cell.
Reportedly, the cell leader instructed Seun to remain standing until both the leader and the other inmates agreed to his inclusion and allowed him to sit. The inmates began banging on the protective door, demanding Seun’s removal from their cell.
In an attempt to resolve the situation, Seun negotiated for peace and ultimately agreed to pay N25,000 to secure their acceptance.
This turn of events reportedly angered Seun, leading him to embark on a hunger strike that lasted nearly two days. Eventually, he decided to end the strike and resumed eating.