Congolese soukous singer and dancer, Koffi Olomide has been released from police custody on bail, although his sentence was initially without that option.
The 60-year old entertainer was deported from Kenya after a video of him physically abusing one of his female dancers, Pamela Eyenga at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi went viral last week.
His concert in Kenya was canceled and he was deported on 23 July 2016, after spending a night in police custody. Two days after Mr. Olumide was arrested at his home in Kinshasa and charged to court for assault and battery.
Although he was initially sentenced to one and half years in prison, the Congolese head of state intervened and the sentence was shortened to three months. Fortunately, the singer is out of prison already barely two weeks after the whole incidence.
Reports say he was granted bail after prosecutors agreed that he did not present a flight risk. As a confirmation of his return he shared photos with his family on Sunday via his Facebook account with the caption:
Koffi Olomide and Family
“At Home with family… Thank you is a word too simple. What I would like to express is above it.
I am both touched and grateful for the unwavering support that you have brought me, I can never thank you enough #Bétonarmé #Agbada.”
Born as Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, Koffi Olomide has had several gold records as a musician. He is also a producer, composer and the founder of the Quartier Latin International orchestra.
This recent incidence is not the first time Koffi is getting into the hands of the police for breaking the law. In 2008, he was accused of kicking a cameraman at a concert in Kinshasa. Although the matter was resolved out of court, four years after, he was convicted of assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended sentence for that. We hope this recent case will be his last.