Nigerian Police Arrest Music Star Fela Kuti

Photo by Masataka Ishida

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.