UPDATED: Funke Akindele , husband get 14-day community service for flouting lockdown order
Oladimeji RamonActress, Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa, and her musician husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, have been sentenced to 14-day community service for violating the Lagos State’s lockdown order to check the spread of coronavirus.Mrs Aje Afunwa of the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba, who pronounced the sentence, also imposed a fine of N100,000 each on the husband and wife.
The magistrate, who also ordered that they should be placed in self-isolation, added that they must compile the names and phone numbers of everyone who attended Bello’s birthday party and submit same to the court.The magistrate’s pronouncements followed the arraignment of the couple by the Lagos State Government for holding a birthday party attended by over 20 people in violation of the state’s lockdown order to check the spread of coronavirus.
The one-count filed against them by the state read, “That you (1) Funke Akindele (2) Abdul Rasheed Bello, on the 4th day of April, 2020, at Gbadamosi Close, Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki in the Lagos Magisterial District, gathered at the aforementioned with over 20 persons, contrary to the social distancing directives of Mr Governor of Lagos State made pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) and 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol. 9 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.”
When it was read to them, the couple told the chief magistrate, Aje Afunwa, that they had some clarifications to make.When told that it was either they admit holding a party as alleged and plead guilty or deny holding a party and plead not guilty, they then pleaded guilty.
The Lagos State Attorney General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who led the prosecution team, said in view of their guilty plea, the magistrate should sentence them according to the provisions of the law.However, the defence counsel, Yomi Alagbada, urged the magistrate to temper justice with mercy, saying the celebrity couple were “first-time offenders, respectable members of society and have two little children, one of whom is ill.”
He said, “The first defendant (Funke Akindele ) is an ambassador of Lagos State, she advocates that people should pay their taxes and she uses her talent to advance the cause of the state, she used to do it and with continue to do it.“I urge My Lord to consider this relationship which will continue after now and I hope My Lord will play a role in ensuring the relationship between the first defendant and Lagos State continue.”
In her judgment, the magistrate scolded the couple, saying it was “reckless and irresponsible” of them to have organised such a party “when thousands have died or have been infected and the whole world is mourning”.“It is callous for an individual to throw such a huge party; while governments are paying millions to flatten the curve the two defendants were strengthening the curve by throwing a party.
“Have the two defendants lived up to the expectations of the public and teeming youths that look up to them? the answer is no,” magistrate said.Pronouncing the sentence, Afunwa said, “The defendants shall pay a fine of N100,000 within three days from today. They are to serve community service for a period of 14 days, for three hours, from 9am-12pm daily, excluding Saturday and Sunday. The community service shall be done in any public place in Lagos.
“The defendants shall be made to visit 10 important public places in Lagos State to generate awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of non-compliance with the laws created to curb the spread of the disease.“Each defendant shall provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24-hours.
“In order to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread, the defendants shall be immediately held in isolation for 14 days in a place only known to the Lagos State Ministry of Health.”DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
Is it my Jenifa they are staking to conts? They shulzno tryz it o.. I will kills them for stemping on the tip of the tails of a stiger o... Court why are you imprisonmenting My Jenifa when you have refused to impound the the guys who have been recurrently embezzling our money? Sis Jenifa No big deal. Best form of punishment.
If only the Judiciary can be this mean in making judgement for the politicians too.. Mtchew funkeakindelebello I know you to be a Strong woman, and I believe this won't bring you down. God is with you ma fhor After party u..... Look at how people are gathering without any social distancing nonesense pls they should leave her alone she got no crime pls
Please, Twitter people should use the same energy they used in dragging Funke Akindele to drag the judge, journalists and other people present at the court. If that is not done, then we are hypocrites. funkeakindelebello fatherdmw funkeakindele NairaMarleyInterview YemieFash So you arrest her not observing sit at home and social distancing and you cluster yourselves in the court environment like that
Yes some Nigerians are above the law and you may want to use that as a yardstick. But sometimes you might not be that lucky. I need help even thou is 2k. Am broke to the point I can't even feed.. Account number 210 721 6434. Please any amount is valuable She deserves it and even more to dat. I love the fact that funke and her hubby were made to pay the price of breaking law, but then no one should be happy because they fall, a seconds of ignorance can punish anyone.
But no community service for tinibu hahaha Nigerian c dramer Still love Marcus and Jenifa. Best. This too shall blow pass.JJCSKILLZ funkeakindele Does the Corona virus not exist in the court room? Is tbe court obeying social distancing? Bringing people into the court room increases the risk of contracting the virus
During covid-19 era or after? Sha has been doing Community service since day 1 and she's good at it.....But Excuse me hope you can see Social Distances in the Court Videos sha What about the Imam in Lagos and the pastor in Abuja? There are not mere mortals abi? We're they compelled? I don't get why some parties would be exonerated and why some will be punished
We are fighting coronavirus I mean take a look at this crowd Well funke na actress mk she just do am as if she dey act movie... Noting to shame about.. na her work Shame on both of you Nice country Where the people arresting and publishing a law offender are also commiting the same crime around her😂😗 The media surrounding them to take the pictures at the courthouse aren't flouting lockdown orders abi? Or the rule of social distancing this period excludes them? We're jokers in this country. Mtchew! Bunch of irrational hypocrites. 🙄
Stale news No be news again Corrupt people, lockdown on an empty stomach, God judgement is coming soon
Funke Akindele, husband get 14-day community service for defying lockdown order – Daily TrustA chief magistrate court sitting in Ogba, Lagos has sentenced Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele Bello and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, to a 14-day community service each for flouting the state government’s lockdown order. Ehyaaa sorry for them though Nice one NigeriaGov followlasg Without pronouncing any judgement, funkeakindele must have received embarrassing shock and humiliation of her life sufficient to drag her to sober reflection mood for a long time. As a reasonable woman I consider her to be, this experience will linger to guide her right forever.
Funke Akindele, husband to serve 14 days community service Funke Akindele Bello and her husband Abdulrasheed Bello have been sentenced to 14 days community service.................. We don hear am ni Indeed they will be fine and have the scars to remind them. She’s a strong girl with a good head on her shoulders and her man by her side. It’s been aptly described as “a moment of indiscretion”....... staysafe keepsentimentsatbay humansarenotinfallible kickCovid19out4good Lesson lesson
BREAKING: Funke Akindele, husband get 14-day community service for flouting lockdown orderOladimeji Ramon\n\nActress, Funke Akindele , popularly known as Jenifa, and her musician husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, have been sentenced to 14-day community service for violating the Lagos State's... We hope they learn from this. Ati gbo, ese un All attendees must get sentensed too
UPDATED: Funke Akindele, husband plead guilty to charge on social distancingNollywood superstar, Funke Akindele a.k.a. Jenifa was on Monday arraigned before an Ogba Chief Magistrates’ Court over the birthday party she held... It like they don't know what we are into Guilty keh...anyway money dey sha
BREAKING: Funke Akindele, husband plead guilty in court for violating coronavirus lockdownNollywood actress Funke Akindele was on Monday arraigned before a magistrate court in Ogba, Lagos, for violating the coronavirus lockdown Ahn ahn... Was she gonna plead not guilty, an offense with video evidence not excluding the after party unnecessary explanation by she and her husband. She will be fined or told to do community service. If they are insightful enough. That’s a positive step. No one is above the Law,..
Funke Akindele, hubby plead guilty, await court's verdict – Daily Trust Funke Akindele Bello , a Nollywood film star popularly known as Jenifa and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello have pleaded guilty to the one count filed against them by the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN). The couple was arraigned at the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba by the Lagos State Government … Court should just ask them to pay fine. What about the social distancing here, see crowd Scapegoat