Nollywood actress and producer Funke Akindele is due to be prosecuted in Lagos following a violation of state restraining orders as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
He is also being accused of court-ordered by the Lagos police command, and Akindele’s husband, who surrendered after an order demanding that he make himself available.
Lagos police public relations officer Bala Elkana confirmed the arrest of the Nollywood star on Sunday, noting that it was attributed to a viral video showing a large number of people mainly in the entertainment industry celebrating in a particular location.
Elkana also revealed that the crowd was celebrating a birthday party organized by Funke Akindele and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello – popularly known as JJC Skillz, on a property in Ajah, in the Ibeju-Lekki area.
The command spokesman revealed that police detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Yaba, were promptly taken to the location where the actress was arrested.
He noted that the police initiated an investigation while making efforts to arrest other people identified in the video.
According to Elkana, singer Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley and JJC Skillz, were among those seen at the party.
He asked the duo to report to the state CID in Yaba on Monday, stating the interest or risk of being declared wanted.
Having fulfilled the order on Monday, the police sued JJC Skillz and his wife Funke Akindele for violating the lockdown order.
The couple are to be charged at the Magistrate Court 1 in Ogba.
According to the police spokesman, this will be the test for the new law recently passed by the State Assembly and signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The attorney general is expected to be in court, as they (Funke Akindele and her husband) are the first to be arrested for violating the restriction law.
According to the provisions of the law, the couple can be convicted or have a fine option.
The bill recommends a fine of N100,000 for offenders, imprisonment of one month in the correctional facility or community service of three months.
There is also a clause that allows offenders to pay up to N200,000.
Funke, who has been attacked by some Twitter users for his action, has since apologized in a video, however, this gesture has not erased the debate stirred by his actions, giving him a position in society.