Koffi Olomide’s Imminent Jail Sentence Is A Precedent Nigeria Should Follow

Koffi Olomide, the soukous singer, dancer and producer is facing an imminent five-year prison time in his country Congo after he assaulted one of his female dancers in Nairobi, Kenya last friday.

Footage of the incident was captured on camera and spread on social media like wild fire, with many Kenyans urging for his deportation from their country.

He was subsequently deported on July 23 to his native Kinshasha, and then arrested and charged with assault and battery. If convicted, the star could face up to five years in Jail.

“His conduct was an insult to Kenyans and our constitution,” Kenyan Youth and Gender Minister Sicily Kariuki, who had called for the singer’s deportation said.

“Violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner.”

Olomide, 60, is arguably one of finest music products from Africa. A master’s degree holder in Mathematics from the University of Paris, the Congolese boasts of many successful albums under his belt.

Also the founder of the Quartier Latin International orchestra with many notable artists including Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola in its ranks.

However, an uncontrollable temper, and poor conduct in public has seen so many controversies in a bright-laden career.

In 2012, Olomide was convicted of assaulting his own producer and was slapped with a three-month suspended prison sentence. In 2008, he kicked a camera-man at a concert in Kinshasa.

For a man with a rich musical history sandwiched with so many best-selling albums, his behavior is a mismatch and one can only heap praises on the Congo judicial system for a bold step in standing up to a country Legend.

Now, Nigeria must follow this precedent.

We have seen cases of Nigerian Male celebrities allegedly involved in numerous physical assault on their partners, yet no known charges were brought upon.

Nobody is above the law, irrespective of celebrity status and class.

Urging on the Nigeria judicial system to act accordingly.


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