Convicted: Funke Akindele, hubby get 2 weeks sentence for violating COVID-19 lockdown

An Ogba Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday convicted actress, Funke Akindele a.k.a. Jenifa, and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz of the offence of social distancing over the birthday party she held last Saturday for her husband.

The party held by Funke for her husband last Saturday at their Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos residence in contravention of the lockdown order of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State order on social distancing which forbade a gathering of more than 20 people.

Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa, in her judgment on Monday, convicted the couple of a one-count charge brought against them by the Lagos State Government.

Chief Magistrate Aje-Afunwa sentenced Funke Akindele and husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, to 14 days community service each, to start from 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon each day. They were also to go to 10 major public places in the state to sensitise the public on the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are also to pay a fine of N100,000 each after which they would observe the period for isolation.

The arraignment of the duo was the fall-out of the party held by Funke for her husband last Saturday at their Amen Estate Ibeju Lekki, Lagos residence.

Funke and her husband were represented by their counsel, Abayomi Alagbada.

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN) who was the prosecutor, told the court that Funke and her husband Bello, flouted the directive of the Lagos State Governor when the gathered more than 20 people at their Lekki home.

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