Grammy-Nominated Afrobeat Artist Seun Anikulapo Kuti Opens Up About His Harrowing Experience in Police Custody

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. Seun Anikulapo Kuti, a talented afrobeat artist and Grammy-nominated musician, recently opened up about his experience of being detained by the police after being accused of slapping an officer.


In a live Instagram session, Seun recounted the events leading up to his arrest and the treatment he endured while in police custody.

Despite facing challenging circumstances, he managed to maintain his composure and dignity, displaying remarkable strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

The Arrest and Detention

Seun Anikulapo Kuti, a renowned afrobeat musician, found himself in police custody after being charged with assaulting a police officer.

The charges against him were in violation of Section 356 of the Criminal Code Act.

Although he was granted bail by Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun on May 16, 2023, the artist was not released until May 23, 2023, as the police needed to complete their investigation within the stipulated 48 hours.

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Doubts and Criticism

Seun Anikulapo Kuti, known for his outspoken nature and activism, expressed skepticism regarding the integrity of some individuals who were recently awarded national honors.


He has consistently voiced his opposition to government officials whom he perceives as hypocritical.

According to Seun, he would rather be in prison, away from the corrupt environment of the “Devil’s House” with politicians, than to associate with them.

“Dem put me on a hard cold floor, in the midst of prisoners, still better than sitting in the devil’s house with politicians.”

Strength and Resilience

Despite the challenging circumstances of his detention, Seun Anikulapo Kuti demonstrated remarkable strength and resilience.

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He recounted how he was placed on a hard and cold floor amidst other prisoners, yet he managed to maintain his composure throughout his time in custody.

His ability to stay dignified and composed despite adversity serves as an inspiring testament to his character.


Following his release from police custody, Seun Anikulapo Kuti embarked on his European tour, taking the opportunity to share the details of his time in detention.

His journey from police custody to freedom is a testament to his unwavering resilience and his commitment to raising awareness about the injustices and corruption prevalent in society.


Seun’s determination to use his platform to shed light on such issues reflects his unwavering dedication to social activism through his music and personal experiences.

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