Funke and JJC

Outrage as Funke Akindele Hosts ‘Celeb Party’ Despite COVID-19 Lockdown

Nigerians are calling for the arrest of Nollywood actor Funke Akindele for hosting a celebrity party at home despite the government-ordered lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of Nigerians took to Twitter on Sunday calling for her arrest.

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

However, in a video posted on social media by her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, celebrities like singer Naira Marley and Eniola Badmus, are seen having a house party in contravention of the government order.

In the nearly two minutes long video, JJC Skillz says it was his birthday and he had to invite friends to celebrate with him at their home located at Amen Estate, Lekki-Epe Expressway.

He said, “Na here we dey, those of us wey get mind (sic). This is the best estate to be stuck in during the lockdown. It is my birthday.”

The guests, which are over 20, including Naira Marley, are also seen singing ‘Ma fo’, a song released by the musician last year.

The video sparked online outrage with many Nigerians calling on both the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government to take immediate action.

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 close down 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.”




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