The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has explained that handcuffing any suspect before detention is standard procedure.
He said this in response to an inquiry via his Twitter handle on Monday.
A tweep, Omo David, had questioned the police for handcuffing afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, after he submitted himself and walked into the Lagos Police Command, saying, “Was the handcuff necessary, and why collect his shoes? NPF sha.”
The musician was accompanied by his lawyer, Mr Olumide-Fusika, SAN, and another lawyer, Mr. Femi Akinyemi from Falana and Falana Chambers, the law firm of popular human rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN.
Adejobi responded, saying, “It seems you are not familiar with detention. With this question. Anyway, it’s a normal procedure before detention.”
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali-Baba, had ordered Seun’s arrest after a video of the musician assaulting a policeman surfaced online.