The Police in Lagos has arrested Nollywood star Funke Akindele for defying government’s order on lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Funke on Saturday hosted a birthday party in her apartment for her husband JJ Skilzs who turned 43. Photo from the party were uploaded on the social media, generating an uproar because Funke is a media ambassador of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,preaching social distancing.
The Police has asked Skilzs and Naira Marley, both present at the party to report or be declared wanted. They face the penalty of a -N-100,000 fine or a month in jail.
Funke has apologized profusely through her twitter handle, as criticisms trailed her action on social media after videos of the birthday party that also included Naira Marley and Eniola Badmus went viral.
A senior official of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, who preferred anonymity, said the agency, has not been notified officially, “but the state government will not hesitate to investigate and apply necessary sanction if found wanting. I will get back to you if there is any update on the matter.”
LASEPA is saddled with the enforcement on compliance of Presidential directive on measures against COVID-19 in the state.
The popular “Jenifa Diary” star who had been engaged by the government and private companies to help propagate the social distancing campaign aimed at combating the pandemic in her sobering apology affirmed that all those at the party had been staying in the Amen Estate residence for days and weeks as part of her new project that also involves Naira Marely.
She regretted and repeatedly apologized for her indiscretion in allowing the video to get to social media, saying that she had no intention of misleading the public.