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FUNKE AKINDELE ARRESTED FOR ORGANISING HOUSE PARTY DURING LOCKDOWN

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Funke Akindele for hosting a house party in contravention of the lockdown order by the Lagos State government to check the spread of the pandemic Coronavirus in the state.


The Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said that the actress had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.


He said, “Yes, we have (arrested) Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others. She has been taken to SCID, Yaba.

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It was learnt that policemen arrived in Amen Estate off Lekki-Epe Expressway in about three patrol vehicles.

Akindele had organised a birthday party for her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, on Saturday with stars such s Naira Marly and Eniola Badmus in attendance.

The actress, who is said to be an ambassador for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Dettol, has appeared in adverts calling on Nigerians to observe social distancing and hygiene.


She later apologised over the incident, saying most of those who attended the party were colleagues, who were living temporarily within the estate and could not return to their home states because of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social media followers found that claim spurious because her husband, JJC Skilz had done another video rejoinder emphasizing that Naira Marley lives within the same Amen Estate and that Nigerians “are free to talk”


The Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) prescribes a jail term of one month or N100,000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order.

It reads in part, “Where there is a violation of a close-down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have 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.”

The police also issued a press statement to the effect of the arrest as follows:

The 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.

Investigation is ongoing, as 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.

DSP Bala Elkana
Police Public Relations Officer,
Lagos State Command.

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