Following reactions to Seun Kuti’s assault on a Nigerian Police Officer, Reno Omokri who is a former presidential aide has reacted and has been defended as well as attacked.
The former Special Assistant on new media during Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure defended the police saying the act is not obtainable anywhere especially outside the shores of Nigeria.
What Reno Omokri Said on Seun Kuti’s Actions
Omokri had posted a picture of an African-American, George Perry Floyd Jr. with a police officer in his neck.
Floyd was murdered by the police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest made after a store clerk suspected Floyd may have used a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill, on May 25, 2020.
Omokri’s tweet reads:
Many Nigerians do not appreciate the benefits of living in Nigeria. We have our challenges, but Nigeria has made much progress since 1999. If you as much as touch a police officer in America, you can be legally sent to the next world. No capping. There are more police shootings involving white Americans than African Americans. American police officers literally have a license to kill and use that license liberally.
Our police have gotten much better. During #EndSARS, they acted nobly. #LekkiMassacre was a military affair. Police brutality is on the wane. What seems to be on the up is brutality against the police. Not vice versa.
And our police have shown a commendable willingness to cleanse themselves of rotten eggs, like Abba Kyari and a few other bad apples.
We have more good cops, like the unnamed policewoman who recently was on candid camera gifting socks to students, and policeman, Nura Mande, who returned missing dollars belonging to a female pilgrim in Katsina State.
We have a good thing here, and I urge all Nigerians to please appreciate that our police officers are underpaid and overworked. We don’t want to also make them over-slapped.
May God bless Nigeria. May God bless the Nigerian Police. And may God bless you.
Reactions From Netizens on Reno’s Post And Why He Lives Abroad
Onyedikachukwu O. on Twitter queries Omokri why he lives abroad despite being a nationalist.
@renoomokri if you so love Nigeria 🇳🇬 the way you always talk about her, why then are you still living in abroad? Why are you being a nationalist from afar?
Others such as Olugbenga Kayode in defense of Omokri and Onyedikachukwu said:
Living outside Nigeria doesn’t mean you can’t love your country. You’re not in a prison so you can live anywhere in the world. The guy is damn right!
Jideofor on twitter said:
We all condemn the attack on the police officer, but then u need to come back to Nigeria. Ur keen interest in growth and development of our dear country is noticed & well appreciated. However, there’s little u can do from afar, hence the call for ur return so u’ll weigh in fully.
Okoroma David responded:
Let’s look at it the other way as well. If police officers mistreat a civilian the civilian gets justice from the government over there but here in Nigeria if a police officer mistreats a civilian they put it under the carpet. In as much as what he did was not good, how about..
Why Seun Kuti Slapped A Police Officer
Seun is the son of the late Afrobeats legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He was captured in a trending video online reacting angrily to a police officer and later on confronting him before slapping him.
His actions has been condemned by many though a significant few still do not care too much about the officer.
While responding, Seun shared on his Instagram stories that the officer had tried to kill him and also explained that both parties are on taking terms and he is not pressing charges against the officer.
How Peter P Square Reacted To Seun Kuti’s Assault
According to Peter, it seems Seun’s family was in danger hence the altercation.
He then pleaded that the #NigerianPoliceForce accept unreserved apologies for the unfortunate outburst and tamper justice with mercy.
The Counter Response From Police PRO, Benjamin Hundeyin to P Square and IGP’s Order on Seun Kuti
Lagos State Police PRO, Hundeyin rewinding to Peter P Square said:
Whenever you feel an unarmed lone police officer put your family in danger (God forbids it), go ahead and slap the officer. Do it in Nigeria and the USA where you visit often.
I’m certain eminent Nigerians will bring up this argument of yours in your defence.
However, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, ordered the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command to arrest the Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, who was captured on video assaulting a police officer in uniform.
The IGP equally ordered a speedy and full investigation into the remote and immediate cause(s) of the assault and prosecution of the suspect accordingly.
Current Fate and Whereabouts of Seun Kuti
The whereabouts of the musician is reportedly unknown after the incident as Officers who were said to have visited his Allen Avenue house early Sunday morning could not locate him.
Also, news reaching NewStori is that popular lawyer and masses advocate, Bar. Femi Falana, will be defending Seun at the court.
The EFCC, ICPC Cases Against Reno Omokri
Recall that in September 2022, a Port Harcourt-based lawyer, Azubuike Ihemeje, has approached the court on Omokri’s alleged criminal representation.
Ihemeje filed the petitions after noting some discrepancies in Omokri’s appointment letter and pay slip which was posted by Omokri himself on his social media handles.
Currently, the case has not been decided yet at the law court since the court not ruled for or against him.