Seun Kuti's lawyers have weighed in on the conversations trailing his unexpected travel abroad after he was released on bail.
The Afrobeat star jetted out of the country to Switzerland on Thursday for the commencement of his European tour in Zurich.
Kuti's lawyers, Femi Falana (SAN) and Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), have now stated that the travel is neither unlawful nor illegal.
According to them, the artiste is not being prosecuted in court by the police or any other authority and as such is free to go where he pleases.
“Seun Kuti will stand his trial. Also, the Magistrate has ordered the police to send the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution.
“Anytime he is required to stand his trial, he will appear in court. Seun Kuti is presumed innocent until the contrary is proven.
“As far as we’re concerned, once the state files a charge and a date is fixed for arraignment, he will be in court", Falana stated on Thursday.
“There’s nothing illegal about a person travelling out of the country while they’re on bail.
“The issue of depositing his passport was not one of the conditions for his bail.
“As far as we’re concerned, once the state files a charge and a date is fixed for arraignment”, he added.
On his part, Olumide-Fusika said that it is the choice of the DDP to make a decision on the matter once it receives the case file.
“He will surely be in court on July 3, 2023, and on each day he’s required to appear.
“It should, however, be noted that Mr Seun Kuti is not being prosecuted in court whether by the NPF or any other prosecuting authority.
“The DPP, after receiving and studying the police investigation file will decide the offences Mr Kuti is to be charged with.
“It is after being charged with specific offences that Mr Kuti will be arraigned to take his plea.
“If he pleads not guilty, trial dates will be set, and the trial will take place. If he pleads guilty, he will be sentenced to appropriate punishment.”