COVID-19: Actress Funke Akindele, husband sentenced to 14days Community Service for violating Stay at home order

There has been an uproar over the arrest of Funke Akindele and husband Abdulrashid Belo for engaging in a party with JJC, Naira Marley and others amidst the COVID-19 lock down and stay at home order by the Lagos State Governmentt.

The Actress and the husband were charged to Court today and has been sentenced by Magistrate Aje Afunwa after pleading guilty to one count charge in an Ogba Margestate Court as follows:
  • The defendants (Funke Akindele and Husband) are to pay a fine of 100,000 each.
  •  Both are Sentenced to 14 days community service, three hours per day, excluding Saturday and Sunday.
  • Each Defender shall visit 10 important public places within Lagos State to educate the public on the consequences of non compliance with the restriction order.
  • And they must submit the names and phone numbers of every person who attended the party.
  • They shall be placed on isolation by the State Government to determine their COVID-19 status. Failure to abide by the above directives shall attract more severe punishments.
The brief facts of the case as contained in the charge are: On 04/04/2020, the two accused persons held a party at their residents with over twenty persons in attendance contrary to the social distancing directives made in pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) & 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 and therefore committed an offence under Section 58 of the Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol. 9, Laws of Lagos State 2015.

Meanwhile, Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley is now in Police custody. He will also be charged to Court for violating the restriction orders. The Command has launched a manhunt for the remaining persons who attended the party.

This goes to buttress the fact that no one is above the law. Stay at home, stay safe.

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