The controversial Nigerian Afro-beat superstar Fela
Anikulapo-Kuti was arrested Thursday at his suburban Lagos, Nigeria home, his
lawyer Jite Ogunye said. According to a Reuters report, 30 armed police
arrived in two buses, invaded the star's home, and arrest him and 30 others.
Ogunye believe Fela is being held by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
(NDLEA). "We intend to bring an action in court tomorrow," Ogunye told
Fela, 57, has a reputation for openly smoking ganja and for
dressing only in his underpants (cool). He spent 18 months in prison in the
mid-'80s for allegedly smuggling foreign exchange. The five-year jail term was
cut short after it emerged that the then military regime had put pressure on
the judge to convict him.
He has been outspoken in his criticisms of
military governments in the past; his brother, Beko Ransome Kuti, a prominent
democracy campaigner, is currently in prison, where he's been since last
September on charges of involvement in a coup plot.