For violating the law of social distancing by organising a house party with more than twenty persons in attendance, Nollywood star, Funke Akindele-Bello was arrested yesterday, April 5, by the Lagos State Police Command.
Speaking on behalf of the force, Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the actress was moved to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba.
“Yes, we have Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others, who attended the party. She has been taken to the SCIID,” Elkana said.
After getting so many complaints by Nigerians on Twitter that the actress be brought to book, the policemen stormed Akindele-Bello’s Amen Estate residence in about three patrol vehicles.
Funke Akindele-Bello amid the COVID-19 scare had organised a birthday party for her husband Abdulrasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz. Celebrities like Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, Eniola Badmus and others, were in attendance.
Aggrieved by such an act, Nigerians took to Twitter to call out Funke Akindele-Bello owing to the fact the celebrities in attendance, particularly Eniola Badmus, had just returned from the UK, a country notable for an increasing rate of coronavirus patients.
Elkana later said in a statement, “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing a large number of persons, mainly in the entertainment industry, in an estate in Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos, at a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband.
An investigation is ongoing and efforts are intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video.
“They are, in their best interests, urged to report at the SCIID, Yaba, on Monday, April 6, 2020, or risk being declared wanted.”
Although the actress tendered an apology to Nigerians, further explaining that those who attended the party were colleagues, who were living temporarily on the estate and could not return to their home states because of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations, 2020, mandates either a jail term of one month or a fine of N100,000 for whoever is found guilty of throwing caution to the wind at such critical time for the nation.
It reads in part, “Where there is a violation of a closedown 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 48 hours. Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of N100,000 or one-month imprisonment or three months’ community service.”