Funke Akindele, JJC Skillz, Arraigned In Court Over Lockdown Violation
Popular Nollywood actress Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello popularly known JJC Skillz have been arraigned before a Lagos court on Monday, April 6, 2020.
This comes after defying the orders of the Lagos state government which had banned social gatherings and the ordered residents to stay at home.
Their offence was brought before court pursuant to regulation 8(1)(a)(b) 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 and is punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap. P.16 Vol 9, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
After reading the charges brought before them by the magistrate, Akindele and her husband both pleaded guilty.
The magistrate then took a ten-minute break before giving her verdict.
Akindele was arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force on Sunday, April 5, 2020, for organising a house party despite the lockdown order issued by the government.
The party was said to have been in celebration of her husband’s birthday, in which celebrities like Naira Marley among others were present. This was contrary to the social distancing measure which the NCDC advised Nigerians to maintain in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Weeks earlier, Akindele had preached the need for proper hygiene as well as social distancing in a coronavirus video campaign sponsored by Dettol Nigeria.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Dettol Nigeria stated that it “does not condone any breach of the guidelines on COVID-19.” The company also noted that Funke Akindele is not a brand ambassador for NCDC.
The decision to hold the house party during the lockdown sparked serious outrage by Nigerians on social media, who severely criticised Akindele for such an ‘irresponsible’ act.
Following the social media criticism, the actress after earlier defending her actions later apologised to everyone who felt offended by her action.