Solomon Arase, chairperson of the Police Service Commission (PSC) and former inspector general of police (IGP), says Seun Kuti, must face prosecution over an assault on a police officer in Lagos state.
Kuti was featured in now-viral footage that surfaced on social media where he was slapping a police officer on Saturday.
In the video, Kuti was engaged in a hot argument with the officer on the roadside before proceeding to slap the police officer.
TheCable reported that the inspector general of police (IGP), Akali-Baba Usman ordered the arrest of the afrobeat artist.
The IGP also directed that a probe be carried out to ascertain the facts of the case.
Kuti who defended his action, claimed that the officer tried to kill him and his family.
Arase, speaking on the incident in a statement on Sunday, Ikechukwu Ani, spokesperson of PSC, said the commission condemned the action while commending the IGP for his directive.
Arase also commended the police officer in question for staying calm despite the provocation.
He added that the police must use the incident to set a precedent that assault on police officers cannot be tolerated.
“As civilised people, we must explore established channels of complaints against alleged infractions by law enforcement officials rather than this uncouth behaviour of assaulting the symbol of authority in our country,” the PSC chairperson said.
“We look forward to the prompt prosecution of Seun to act as a deterrent to others of his ilk.”