Court fines Funke Akindele N100,000, sentences her to 2-week community service

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By David Olalekan.

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello have been fined N100,000 each for defying the lockdown order imposed by the Lagos State government to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The duo, who were arraigned before the State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba on Monday for hosting a party with more than 20 persons in attendance, were also sentenced to two weeks of community service by the presiding magistrate, Aje Afunwa.

Afunwa ordered the couple to compile the names and phone numbers of everyone who attended the house party within 24 hours and submit same to the court.

It was also gathered that the actress and her husband were directed to visit 10 important places in Lagos in order to educate people on the need to comply with the lockdown order.

The celebrity couple had earlier pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of violating the Lagos State government’s social distancing directives.

The charge, dated April 6, 2020, read: “That you Funke Akindele and Abdul Raheed Bello, on the 4th day of April, 2020, at No 9, Gbadamosi Close, Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki, Magisterial District, gathered at the aforementioned address, with over twenty persons contrary to directive’s of Mr. Governor of Lagos State made pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) & (b) 17 (1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease ( Emergency and Prevention) Regulation 2020, and thereby commuted an offence punishable under section 58 Public Health Law Cap P, 16, Vol 9 Laws of the Lagos State, 2015.”

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