Funke Akindele Bello has been arrested by the Lagos State Police command for holding a house party during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Jameela News reports that Akindele, a Nollywood movie producer and actor, snubbed the Lagos Health directives against organising any social gathering of more than twenty people, to celebrate her husband Abdul Rasheed Bello on his birthday with several celebrities in attendance.
This online news platform gathered from a viral video that celebrities like Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley and Eniola Badmus who recently arrived Nigeria from the UK, one of the worst-hit European countries, attended the party.
In a swift response, the Lagos State Police Command arrested the thespian actress at her residence at AMEN Estate, along Ibeju Lekki-Epe Expressway on Sunday, April 5.
The force ordered Naira Marley and Rasheed Bello to present themselves latest on Monday, April 6 to avoid being declared wanted.
The Police said in a statement, “Attention of Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing a large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry in an Estate, along Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis, Lagos celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele Bello and her husband.
“Police detectives from the State CID Yaba were promptly drafted to the location. Funke Akindele was arrested. An investigation is ongoing, efforts are intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz. They are in their best interests urged to report at the State CID Yaba on Monday 6th April 2020 or risk being declared wanted.”
Funke Akindele to face a one-month jail term
According to the Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations of 2020, anyone found guilty of flouting the lockdown order would be jailed for one month or pay a fine of N100,000.
The order stated, “Where there is a violation of a close-down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the closedown or stay at home order for at least forty-eight (48) hours.
“Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of one Hundred Thousand Nara fine (N100,000.00) or one (1) month imprisonment or three (3) months Community service.”