The Lagos State Police Command explained on Monday why Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti was handcuffed despite turning himself in after two days of hiding.

Seun, one of Fela Anikulapo Ransom Kuti’s sons, was arrested on Monday morning for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Lagos on Saturday.

A photo of the singer being escorted by police in handcuffs had gone viral on various social media platforms.

On Monday, several people took to Twitter to criticise the police for handcuffing Seun Kuti.

However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, quickly explained why the musician was handcuffed.

Hundeyin, on Twitter, said: “Because the law empowers us to handcuff any suspect who has shown propensity for violence and propensity for evading justice.”

Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, had on Saturday night, ordered the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, to arrest Seun Kuti for allegedly assaulting a policeman on duty.

The directive was given after the video of the singer slapping a policeman went viral on the social media on Saturday.

City & Crime learnt that as soon as the news broke out, Seun went into hiding.