Funke Akindele Bello has been arrested for hosting a house party to celebrate her husband JJC Skillz birthday in their home despite lockdown order in Lagos state.
According to reports, the Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed that Funke Akindele has been arrested and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
“Yes, we have (arrested) Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others. She has been taken to SCID, he said”
FLASH: The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Nollywood Actress, @funkeakindele for violating the Social Distancing directive of the State yesterday … efforts ongoing to apprehend @JJCSKILLZ and others or risk being declared wanted. #COVID19Lagos pic.twitter.com/4l4zqw0o7L
— Gawat Jubril A. (@Mr_JAGss) April 5, 2020
This comes after Nigerians on social media called for the arrest Akindele, popularly called ‘Jenifa’ who is said to be an ambassador for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Dettol. She has appeared in adverts calling on Nigerians to observe social distancing and hygiene.
Funke Akindele however apologized over the incident, saying it was never intended to mislead anybody.
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.”