The Lagos State Police Command has detained Nigerian actress Funke Akindele for hosting a celebration in contravention of the lockdown order in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, told The vivscomedia that the actress had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
He told The vivscomedia, yes, we’ve (arrested) Funke Akindele and that we are trying to find the rest. She has been taken to SCID.
It was learnt that policemen arrived in Amen Estate off Lekk-Epe Expressway in about three patrol vehicles
Akindele, popularly referred to as Jenifa, who is married to singer, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, held a celebration in his honour on Saturday.
Singer, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, also graced the party, which had over 20 others attending .
Thousands of Nigerians on social media involved the arrest Akindele, popularly called ‘Jenifa’. The actress, who is claimed to be an ambassador for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Dettol, has appeared in adverts calling on Nigerians to watch social distancing and hygiene.
She later apologised over the incident, saying most of the people who attended the party were colleagues, who were living temporarily within the estate and will not return to their home states due to the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) prescribes a jail term of 1 month or N100,000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order.
It reads partially , Where there’s a violation of a close-down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have power to arrest without warrant and should detain a person who violates the closedown or stay at home order for a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours.
Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is susceptible to a fine of one Hundred Thousand Nara fine (N100,000.00) or one (1) month imprisonment or three (3) months Community service.