Absence of magistrate stalls Seun Kuti’s trial

The trial of Aftrobeat star Seun Kuti has been stalled owing to the absence of Chief Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun of the Yaba Magistrates’s court.

Court Registrar, Mr. Babalola, in the absence of the Chief Magistrate, adjourned the case till September 27, 2023, for the continuation of the proceeding.

Olatunbosun had resumed her administrative leave and was thus absent in court today.

Credible News recalls  that the Lagos State Police Command arraigned the Afrobeat musician, on May 16, 2023 and charged him with assault on a police officer, an offence contrary to Section 356 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act.

On May 24, Magistrate Olatunbosun stated that the police cannot be the complainant and also the prosecutor of the case. She 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.

The case suffered another adjournement following the absence of Magistrate Olatunbosun.

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