Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele Bello and her hubby, Abdulrasheed Bello better known as JJC Skillz have pleaded guilty of flouting the lockdown and social distancing order by Lagos State government.
The couple pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of hosting a gathering of 20 persons and over, following the social distancing directives of the Lagos State Government.
Funke was arrested by Nigeria Police on Sunday, April 5, 2020 after several call out from Nigerians who alleged she and the husband have defied the Lagos State government mandatory lockdown order by hosting a birthday party which has more than 20 persons in attendance.
Recall the Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020, had earlier prescribed a one month jail term or N100,000 fine or both for any one found guilty of hosting gatherings or defying the lockdown and social distancing order.
However, the couple were arraigned on Monday, April 6, 2020 at the Samuel Ilori Courthouse of the Magistrate Court in Ogba, Lagos. And the charge against them is made pursuant to the Regulation 8(1a &b) and S 17(1) of the State’s Infectious Disease Regulation 2020.
After taking their plea, Magistrate Aje-Afunwa stood the matter down for 30 minutes and went into her chamber.