Afrobeat artist Seun Kuti has alleged there is cultism within the Nigerian Police Force and called for legislation to combat cultist harassment.
The outspoken musician, youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, voiced his concerns following the controversial death of singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
This incident stirred rumours of cult and gang-related involvement in the music industry.
In an Instagram live chat with his followers, Seun Kuti expressed his belief that Mohbad’s demise was linked to cult activities.
He highlighted the longstanding issue of cultism within the music sector and its impact on the younger generation.
He emphasised that cultism had extended beyond entertainment, infiltrating various aspects of Nigerian society, including law enforcement agencies and other segments of the population.
The 40-year-old musician stressed the urgency of enacting strict legislation to deter cultism and curb intimidation by cultists.
He warned that if not promptly addressed, the issue would have detrimental effects on future generations.
Drawing from his own experiences, including time spent in detention, Seun Kuti disclosed that numerous police officers, including high-ranking officials, had confided their membership in cult groups to him, seeking assistance under the assumption that he was affiliated with their respective cults.
He said: “A nation of cowards! We need a MOHBAD Law against cultist intimidation in all our institutions. Anything short of that is nothing!! The National Assembly must do this monumental work to protect future generations from this scourge. #mohbadlaw
“When I was locked up numerous police officers and their ogas told me their different cultist affiliations thinking I was one of them so they could help me, even the police are cultists. Now u are asking cultists to investigate cultists. #getthesax.”