Absence Of Magistrate Stalls Seun Kuti’s Trial

The trial of Afrobeat Musician, Seun Kuti suffered a set back owing to the absence of the trial judge.

The registrar, Mr Babalola, in the absence of the chief Magistrate, Olatunbosun, adjourned the case till September 27, 2023, for the continuation of the trial.

Magistrate Olatunbosun was said to have resumed her administrative leave and was thus absent in court today.

Seun the scion of the famous Kuti family was charged with assault on a police officer, an offence which runs contrary to Section 356 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act.

Recall that, on May 24, Magistrate Olatunbosun in her ruling stated that the police cannot be the complainant and also the prosecutor of the case. She, therefore requested the DPP’s advice to continue the prosecution.

She said, “I need the advice of the DPP to know whether he should be prosecuted or not.”

She thus adjourned the case till July 3, 2023, for the DPP’s advice.

However, today the case was further adjourned for the continuation of proceeding following the absence of Magistrate Olatunbosun.


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