SEUN KUTI: INT’ PEACE COMMISSION BERATES ATTACK ON POLICE OFFICER, SAYS JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED
…Says Falana Must Walk the Talk as A Human Rights Defender
The International Peace Commission in Nigeria (IPC), has condemned in strong terms the attack on a Police officer by the Afro-music singer, Seun Anikulapo Kuti, saying the musician’s action contravene the global fundamental human rights of law enforcement officers and the rights to a safe working environment for policing; he calls on concern authority in Nigeria for immediate commencement of investigations and ensures justice is served.
In a press statement on Tuesday, the Head of Mission, IPC-Nigeria, Amb Hussaini Haruna Coomassie, made the call on Monday, while addressing the circumstances surrounding the attack on the security operative by the son of the late Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, at the weekend.
It would be recalled the trending video on how the ace singer, Seun Kuti, was caught on camera attacking a police officer on duty, along the 3rd-Mainland bridge, in Lagos, which led to his subsequent arrest and detention by the Nigerian Police.
The Head of Mission, IPC-Nigeria, Dr Coomassie described the act of violence against the law enforcement officer in Lagos as brutal and uncalled for, and says such action must not go unchallenged to serve as a deterrent to others in the interest of justice and peace. He noted that justice for one is justice for all.
“We are for peace at the IPC-Nigeria, but peaceful coexistence in any society starts with respect for human dignity and the protection of the rights of others.
“As a global body with a statutory duty to promote peace and in defence of all forms of human rights violation across the world, we are using this opportunity to express our displeasure and condemned with all alacrity, the physical assault launched at men of the Nigerian police force, by the Afro-beat musician, Seun Anikulapo Kuti.
“We want to state categorically that such an attack on the uniformed police officer is condemnable and should not be allowed to be swept under the carpet in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
“It would be interesting to recall that, the late legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who was the father of the musician, Seun, had no record of any assault against the law enforcement agents while alive, and not even in the face of gross human rights violations suffered by the late Fela Kuti, would the legend took the law into his hands. He never harassed,