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Funke Akindele-Bello’s prosecution, lesson for all -TAMPAN President

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Bolaji Amusan, National President, Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigearia (TAMPAN) on Monday said that Funke Akindele-Bello’s prosecution should be great lesson for all and not only celebrities.

Amusan told the Nigeria News Agency that Akindele-Bello had been an outstanding actress, law abiding, easy going and hardworking.

The association president said it was, however, unfortunate she had to face the wrath of the law, due to the violation of government directives.

He advised every Nigerian to remain law abiding and not toy with government rules and regulations.

Amusan added that the development should teach everyone some lessons, saying that no one is above the law.

” It is unfortunate this is happening to Funke, she is an easy-going fellow, hardworking and law abiding.

” She has never been of unruly behaviour, it is really painful for me, but there is nothing we can do, but to go in line with court ruling.

” She has built a reputable image over the years, this should serve as lesson to all.

” This is a play out of the rule of law, nobody is above the law and I hope Nigerians will learn from the entire scenario,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the actress was arrested on April 5 for violating COVID-19 induced  social distancing directive.

She contravened the directive when she organised an indoor birthday party for her husband, JJC Skillz, at their Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

The party had over 20 people in attendance.

Akindele-Bello and her husband were subsequently arraigned before a Lagos State Magistrate Court on Monday, where they pleaded guilty and were sentenced for flouting social distancing regulation.

Akindele and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, were each fined N100,000 by the Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The Chief Magistrate, Yewande Aje-Afunwa, also ordered that they should serve 14-day community service amongst other sanctions..

She described their action as reckless.

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The Chief Magistrate, Yewande Aje-Afunwa, also ordered that they should serve 14-day community service amongst other sanctions..

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Funke Akindele, others felicitate with Genevieve Nnaji @41

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Actress Funke Akindele and other celebrities on Sunday took to their various instagram pages to celebrate actress, movie director and producer, Genevieve Nnaji,  who turned 41.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Genevieve Nnaji won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role in 2005, making her the first actress to win the award.

In 2011, she was honoured as a member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contributions to the film industry.

Nnaji’s directorial debut movie, ‘Lionheart’, was the first Netflix original from Nigeria and first Nigerian submission for the Oscars.

Sola Sobowale and Rachael Okonkwo were also among other celebrities who felicitated with her.

The celebrities took to their instagram handles to celebrate the actress, and they all prayed for her success in all endeavours.

Actress Funke Akindele said: ” Happy birthday my darling sister. Here is wishing you many more fruitful years on earth. Keep soaring Genny”.

Similarly, Sobowale, with a display of Genevieve Nnaji’s picture on her page wrote: “I congratulate you for all you have accomplished, today another year has been added on to you. I celebrate you.

” In this new age, you will say there is a lifting up. May the divine joy and peace of the Lord continue to abide in you. May He renew your strength and grant the desires of your heart.

” Happy birthday my darling Genevieve. Love you always”.

Also, Rachael Okonkwo wrote: ” Happy birthday to you my legendary Genevieve Nnaji. Thanks for being a huge inspiration and role model. May God continue to keep you in wisdom and good health.”

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COVID-19: Funke Akindele urges Nigerians to collaborate with govt.

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A Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, has urged Nigerians to collaborate with the federal and state governments in the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Akindele was arrested and prosecuted by the Lagos State government for violating the social distancing rule, when she hosted a birthday party for her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, aka JJC Skills.
NAN also recalls that Akindele-Bello, popular known as Jenifa, and her husband were sentenced to 14-day community service and fined N100,000 each.
The actress, who said she had learnt a lot of lessons from her ordeals during her trial, took to her Instagram page, @funkejenifaakindele to advise Nigerians on the dangers of COVID-19 in a video clip.
“These past few weeks have been a learning curve but we must keep moving forward.
“My dear friends, Coronavirus is real. We must collaborate with the Lagos state and federal government by staying at home, staying safe.
“Ensure that you wash your hands regularly and maintain social distance,” she wrote.
Akindele-Bello emphasised the importance of maintaining social distancing, “even when we are used to ourselves or some trusted groups of people, especially in this period.”
According to her, social distancing will help to curtail the spread of the disease, adding that prevention is better than sacrifice.
“My heart goes out to all those who lost their loved ones to this pandemic; may their souls rest in peace.
“Health workers at the frontline, we can’t thank you enough for your good work and pray this pandemic passes away.
“Those with fear of uncertainty daily, we are in this together; we can only achieve our dream when we are alive.
“So let us stay at home and stay safe,” she added.
The actress also expressed appreciation to her fans and well- wishers for their support and solidarity during her ordeal.

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Police arrest 4 suspects over Mrs Funke Olakunrin’s murder

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The police on Thursday said they had arrested four suspects over the murder of Mrs Funke Olakurin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Leader of the PAN-Yoruba Social Cultural Organisation, Afenifere.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

He said the suspects were arrested on April 4 during a follow up action on a case of high profile armed robbery and kidnap that occurred in Ogun.

Mba said the arrest came after months of efforts by the police to apprehend the killers of Olakurin.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that Olakurin was attacked and murdered by unknown persons on July 12, 2019 between Kajola and Ore, along Ondo-Ore road in Ondo State.

The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, immediately deployed the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Mr Fimihan Adeoye, to coordinate massive manhunt for the killers.

He directed Special Forces and seasoned investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Federal SARS, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) from the Force Headquarters to carry out the investigation.

The directive was to ensure that the perpetrators were arrested and brought to justice.

“Having established sufficient physical and forensic evidence linking the suspects to the murder of Olakunrin, the investigators were determined to clear all doubts relating to their findings.

“An Identification Parade was conducted on April 8 at the Federal SARS Headquarters, Lagos and that led to the positive and physical identification of the three suspects by a survivor of the earlier crime.

“The survivor gave a clear description of the roles each of the identified suspects played in the killing.

“At this point, the suspects capitulated and voluntarily offered a no-holds-barred confession on how Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed,”he said.

According to him, investigations have so far revealed that the operation that led to the murder was carried out by eight fully armed kidnap/robbery suspects.

He said the leader of the gang was currently at large, but added that the four arrested suspects were in the custody of the police.

Mba said that efforts were being intensified to arrest the four remaining suspects who were currently on the run.

The FPRO said that the gang had their operational base and membership spread in the southwestern part of the country and Edo.

Mba said that investigations have also revealed that they were responsible for series of high profile armed robbery and kidnap operations in the region.

According to him, they also attack, vandalize and steal components of critical national infrastructures, such as electrical and telecommunications installations.

He said that the I-G of Police had therefore, declared the principal suspect wanted for his involvement in the death of Olakunrin.

“The principal suspect is a Nigerian, speaks Hausa, Fulfulde and Pidgin English. He is fair in complexion and in his late 20s – between the age of 27 and 30.

“His last known address is Isanlu, Kogi and has visible scar from stitches on his forehead down to his nose and mouth,”he said.

Mba said the I-G pledged diligent prosecution of culprits and commended Nigerians for their patience and support to the police throughout the period of the investigations.

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Funke Akindele, hubby are ex-convicts until pronouncement set aside – lawyers say

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Some legal practitioners have said that in the eyes of the law, popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and her husband are now ex-convicts.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Akindele and her husband, popularly called JJC Skillz, on April 4, held a party at their residence with over 20 persons in attendance.

The duo later appeared in court charged with contravening Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) and 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020, and therefore committed an offence under Section 58 of the Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol. 9, Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The law deals with the social distancing policy targeted at minimising large gatherings in the effort to contain the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.

They two were thus sentenced to 14 days community service, besides other penalties, by Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba, Lagos.

Speaking to the Nigeria News Agency, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, said: “Akindele and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, can be referred to as ex-convicts having pleaded guilty and were sentenced for violating restrictions order in Lagos.

“Technically speaking, anybody who  has gone through a trial and is convicted can be referred to as an ex-convict.”

He restated that if the law under which the duo were convicted was a recognised one, then they were ex-convicts “because they admitted and the court gave them a light sentence.

“This is a form of punishment.”

Raji, however, said that the development would not debar Akindele and Bello from holding political offices in the country since the offence did not involve financial misappropriation.

“It is not in all cases that an ex-convict will not be allowed to hold or seek for a political office. Minor traffic offences and what have you will not disqualify you from holding or seeking for a political office,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa,SAN, said:”there is no doubt that they are ex-convicts.

“This is because before the judge passed the sentence, they would have pleaded guilty, and trial would have taken place before judgment.

“So, as far as the law is concerned presently, they are ex convicts; but, I believe they took that process for convenience of their freedom,” he said

Adegboruwa, however said based on the provisions of the law and the case of Awuko vs Fagbemi, the judgment cannot stand and the case will be set aside on Appeal.

“This is because, there is no known law under which they were charged and no document showing that they violated any law.

“The directive of a Governor not backed by approval by the House of Assembly, is not law; such directive cannot lead to conviction and sentencing of any individual.

“So, I am advising her and her lawyers to take up the proceedings and file an appeal for it to be set aside.

“Section 36 of the Constitution provides that no one can be convicted except there is a law which specicifes the terms of such conviction ,” he said

In the same vein, an Abuja-based lawyer, Mr Tunji Oba, said that the sentence passed on Akindele and her husband stand until the pronouncement is set aside by an appellate court.

Oba said once a competent court gives a pronouncement,  it stands until such is set aside by an appellate court.

“Because of that guilty plea, they were convicted .

“A competent court convicted them after they pleaded guilty. It does not matter whether the offence was a misdemeanor so long as there was a conviction.

“Before an act could be termed criminal there must be a law to back it up enacted by the National Assembly

“The charge was filed against them following the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 made by the Governor .

“ I am sure  the Regulations were aimed at preventing further spread of the virus (covid-19) within the state . This regulation  was made pursuant to the Lagos State Public Health Law, and Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2 LFN 2004,” he said.

Oba added that some lawyers have argued that a regulation does not qualify as a law under sections 36 (12) and 318 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

 

” Section 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution is that for a person to be arrested, detained or prosecuted for a criminal offence: There must be a written law, (ii) The offence must be defined in the written law and; A penalty therefore must be prescribed and they must all Co-exist.

 

” Section 318 provides that for an Act to be a valid law it must be enacted by the National Assembly” he said.

 

According to him, it means any law made by the National Assembly and includes any law which takes effect under the provisions of this constitution as an Act of the National Assembly;

 

He stated further that though, the Constitution guarantees your rights to free movement, freedom of religion and association, however these rights are not absolute.

 

” The regulation made by the Governor of Lagos State was a subsidiary legislation which derived its authority from  existing Act / law of Public Health and Quarantine law.

 

” The essence of the regulation was to ensure that exigencies  like the convid-19 are effectively controlled in the interest of public health and public safety.

” It follows that the regulation under which the Nollywood actress and her husband were convicted is a valid law properly so called ” he said.

“Section 45 of the Constitution provides that your rights will not invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in the interest of public safety or public health

“In that case, we should take COVID-19 as one of such situations which necessitated the containment of our constitutionally guaranteed right, in the interest of public safety and health ” he said.

When asked about his views on the status of the couple, Mr Femi Falana,SAN, said:”your request unfortunately, cannot be met because I am involved in the matter.

“She (Funke Akindele) has already briefed me and once the lockdown is over, we are likely to go to court;

“So, I don’t want to be seen as pre-empting what we are going to do,” he said

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Social distancing: All attendees of Funke Akindele’s party to be charged to court

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Lagos State Government is to prosecute  all those who attended Saturday’s birthday party hosted by Nollywood star, Funke Akindele.

The state Attorney-General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) ), said on Monday that they would be prosecuted  for  flouting social distancing regulation of the state

He made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency shortly after an Ikeja chief magistrates’ court convicted and sentenced Akindele and her husband for flouting the regulation.

NAN reports that Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa sentenced Akindele and her husband to 14 days community service, each.

Aje-Afunwa also imposed N100,000 fine on each on them, directing that they should be isolated for 14 days.

The attorney-general said that efforts were being intensified to arrest all those who   attended the party held on Amen Estate in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

According to him, all the attendees will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Once they are apprehended, they will face charges.

“Today, the state charged two people to court for violating the Infection Disease Regulation of  Lagos State Government.

“They pleaded guilty and the court has sentenced them to pay a fine of N100, 000 each, to observe community service for 14 days and to be kept in isolation in a place to be decided by the Lagos State Ministry of Health,” he said.

Onigbajo noted that the movement restriction was put in place to protect the lives of the residents.

“Everybody is urged to familiarise themselves with this law and to comply with it; otherwise, the long arm of government will reach out to them sooner than later.

“This sentence should serve as a deterrent  to everybody, nobody is bigger than the law,” he to NAN.

Aje-Afunwa while sentencing the couple had  ordered that they should provide the personal details of the attendees of the party.

“Each defendant shall provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24 hours,” she said.

NAN reports that Akindele was arrested by the police on April 5 for flouting the social distancing regulation of the Lagos State Government.

The actress had on April 4 hosted many people including Azeez Fashola (alias Naira Marley) to her husband’s 43rd birthday party at their residence located at Amen Estate, Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Videos of the party were posted and circulated on social media platforms.

According to the police, efforts are ongoing to arrest Naira Marley and other persons featured in the video.

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PMAN boss condemns Funke Akindele-Bello for violating govt’s ‘Stay-at -Home’ order on COVID-19

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 The Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) on Monday advised its  members to observe all the directives of the Federal and state governments in the fight against  the spread of Coronavirus in Lagos State  and  the nation.

Its President, Obi Casmir, gave the advice while reacting to Funke Akindele-Bello’s  violation of the restriction orders by the Lagos State Government by  organising a  birthday party for her husband.

Funke Akindele-Bello

He said that Nigerians in general and entertainers in particular  should always obey government’s law and order.

Casmir told  the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos that  it was not right for Funke  Akindele-Bello and  others  to have defied government’s  order  adding that nobody is above the law irrespective of status and personality.

“Its not right that after our government has given the order that people should  stay at home, maintain social distancing,  anyone,no matter your status,should go against it.

“It is funny that people are still taking this Coronavirus epidemic with laxity despite  the level of awareness and government’s preventive measures to stop its spread, some still shun the order.

“To me, it was a total wrong step taken  by Funke Akindele-Bello, she should have held a quiet-family-parlour party  to mark her husband’s  birthday, rather than go against the law,” he said.

He also said that he was disappointed  with the large number of persons in the entertainment industry present at where the birthday party was held.

According to him, the guests also committed same offence as  the hosts  they were equally expected to comply with the government’s directive of ‘Stay at Home’ and avoid social gathering, being  part of the measures against the spread of Coronavirus.

The PMAN president, popularly known as Voombastic Uncle P, appealed to the  members of the  entertainment industry and Nigetians in general to always be law abiding citizens.

However, Emeka Rollas, President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), declined to  comment on the development.

He said that  he was observing  all the measures and directives spelt out by the government and health officials against COVID-19.

Rollas said, “As a law abiding citizen, I am obeying the order of the Federal and the  state  governments, so no comment from me because I am on total lockdown.”

NAN reports that Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband;AbdulRasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz were on April 6 arraigned before a Lagos State Magistrate Court for flouting  the Lagos State Government’s stay-at-home order.

Funke Akindele-Bello and husband

They ,however, pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them.

Akindele-Bello of Nigeria’s popular Soap Opera ‘Jennifer Dairy’ was arrested by men of the Lagos State Command of the Nigerian  Police Force on April 5 for organising a house party despite  the lockdown order by the government.

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(Reopened: Funke Akindele, husband to serve 14-day community service, be isolated for flouting distancing regulation

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For flouting social distancing regulation by hosting a birthday party,  Nollywood star, Funke Akindele and her husband, Abdul-rasheed Bello, have  been each fined N100,000 by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chief Magistrate, Yewande Aje-Afunwa, also ordered that they should serve 14-day community service amongst other sanctions.

“The defendants shall pay a fine of N100, 000 within three days from today. They are to serve community service for a period of 14 days – for three hours from 9am-12pm daily – excluding Saturday and Sunday,” she said.

The chief magistrate held that the community service should  be done in any public place in Lagos.

“The defendants shall be made to visit 10 important public places in Lagos State to generate awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of non-compliance with the laws created to curb the spread of the disease.

“Each defendant shall provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24 hours.

“In order to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread, the defendants shall be immediately held in isolation for 14 days in a place only known to the Lagos State Ministry of Health.”

Earlier while reading the sentence, Aje-Afunwa reprimanded  the couple for their action and said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

“The gathering was a reckless and irresponsible act. When thousands have died or have been infected and the whole world is mourning it is callous for an individual to throw such a huge party.

“While governments are paying millions to flatten the curve, the two defendants were strengthening the curve by throwing a party.

“Have the two defendants lived up to the expectations of the public and teeming youths that look up to them? The answer is, ” No,” she said.

The chief magistrate, however, noted that the couple had no prior criminal record and had looked remorseful and after the sentence the general public will be put on notice of the consequences of flouting the social distancing directives.

NAN reports that following social distancing guidelines, less than 20 persons were allowed into the courtroom.

The prosecution team was led by the Attorney-General of Lagos, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).

The state Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Yhaqub Oshoala.

Messrs  Abayomi Alagbada and Akeem Fadun defended the couple.

Earlier during their arraignment, Akindele  and Bello plead guilty to a count charge of flouting the social distancing regulation  of Lagos State Government.

According to the prosecution, the couple committed the offence on April 4 at  their residence  located at No. 9, Gbadamosi St., Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

The prosecution said  that the couple  gathered more than 20 people at the residence,  contrary to the state’s Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b).

 

It said that their action is punishable under Section 58 of the Public Health Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Addressing the court after the charge was read, Onigbanjo said that the couple held a birthday party at their residence with many people in attendance.

“This is contrary to the social distancing directive contained in the regulations issued by the Governor of Lagos State pursuant to the Infectious Diseases Act.

“Particularly, the defendants flouted Regulations 8(1)(a)(b) and 17(1)(I) of the Lagos State Emergency Regulations 2020.

“My lord, the defendants’ offence is punishable under Section 58 Public Health Laws of Lagos State 2015.

“The defendants having pleaded guilty, I urge the court to convict them accordingly,” he prayed.

After the submission, Akindele and Bello were asked if the facts ascertained by the state against them were true.

“It is true though there are one or two exemptions,” Akindele responded  in tears.

“Yes, it is true but there are some exemptions,” Bello said.

Reacting to their responses , Aje-Afunwa said that the couple should not give a “partial answer” or  a plea of not guilty would be entered against them.

Following the assertion of the chief magistrate, the couple said they were admitting all the facts brought against them by Lagos State, and thereafter pleaded guilty to the charge.

Alagbada, in his allocutus (plea for mercy), said that the couple was first-time offenders and decent members of the Lagos society.

“They have two young children who need the attention of their parents, and one of them is very ill.

“The first defendant (Akindele) is an Ambassador of Lagos State, she advocates that people should pay their taxes and she uses her talent to advance the cause of the state, she used to do it and will continue to do it.

“I urge my lord to consider this relationship which will continue after now.

“I hope my lord will play a role in ensuring the relationship between the first defendant and Lagos State continues,” he submitted.

The counsel added that they  were role models to young people, many of whom were at the party on that day.

“The offence was committed in ignorance, and majority of the people in the house that day reside there,” the defence counsel said.

NAN reports that Akindele was arrested by the police on April 5 for flouting the social distancing order of the Lagos State Government.

The actress had on April 4 hosted numerous people including Azeez Fashola (alias Naira Marley) to her husband’s 43rd birthday party at their home located at Amen Estate, Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Videos of the party were posted and circulated on various social media platforms.

According to the police, efforts are ongoing to arrest Naira Marley and others featured in the video.

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Court sentences Funke Akindele, husband to 14-day community service for violating regulation

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday Sentenced Nollywood star, Funke Akindele, and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, to 14 days community service each for violating social distancing regulation of Lagos State.

The couple had admitted guilt before  Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa during arraignment on Monday.

Aje-Afunwa also imposed a fine of N100 on each of them and ordered that each of them should  be isolation for 14 days.

The chief magistrate  had stood down the case after the couple  pleaded guilty.

She imposed the sentence when proceedings resumed more than an hour later.

In the charge preferred by the attorney-general of Lagos State, the couple committed the offence on Sunday on Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki.

”You, Funke Akindele and Abdulrasheed Bello, on the fourth day of April 2020, at 9 Gbadamosi Close on Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki in the Lagos Magisterial District, gathered at the aforementioned address with over 20 persons, contrary to the social distancing directive of Mr Governor of Lagos State, made pursuant to Regulation 8 (1) (a) and (b) and 17 (1) (I) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease ( Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 58 of the Public Health Law of Lagos State,” prosecution stated in the charge sheet.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the police  had on Sunday arrested  Akindele for organising a party which violated social distancing  regulation of the Lagos State Government.

The regulation is to check the spread of Coronavirus.

“The attention of state police command was drawn to a viral video showing large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry on an estate in Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis.

“They were celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband.

“Police detectives from the state CID, Yaba, were promptly drafted to the location and Akindele was arrested,’’ the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, has said in a statement.

He said that efforts were being intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley) and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz.

The police spokesman had advised those involved to report at the CID Yaba on Monday in their best interest or risk being declared wanted.

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The colleagues of movie star Funke Akindele who was arrested and arraigned over violating the social distancing rule have expressed sympathy with her colleagues and  called for leniency over the case in court.

Most of her colleagues took to their instagram handles to express their sympathy as they equally prayed for her.

They acknowledged that the Africn Movies Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA) award winner had been of a good behaviour over the years and had contributed meaningfully to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Akindele was arrested on April 5  for violating the Lagos State rule of social distancing in view of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Akindele contravened the state rule when she organised an indoor birthday party for her husband JJC Skillz at their Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, the party which had over 20 people in attendance.

Actress Bidemi Kosoko wrote on her instagram handle: “You can’t be broken sis because God is on your side. It is just so unfortunate that we live in a country where just one mistake erase millions of good things you have done. It is well sis,” she said.

Actor Bolanle Ninalowo also had this on his instagram handle with Akindele’s picture: ” You will overcome,” he said.

Also,  veteran Actress Fathia Williams wrote: ” To err is human, to forgive is Divine. Be strong, the Lord is with you,” she said.

Actor Yomi Fabiyi said “My prayers and concerns are with you Funke Akindele. I am particularly happy that you explained and apologised.

“I have known you to be a very disciplined individual who pays attention to details, public association or authority instructions.

“Your passion and desire to help save lives during this COVID-19 pandemic was quite rapid and evident. Hopefully, no immediate risk detected.

“I join millions of your fans to say sorry and appeal for leniency. Social distancing is relatively new and most who violate never did it deliberately, aim to hurt others or intentionally disobey or trivialise the matter.

“Funke don’t assume this will define you in its entirety, after your many years of meticulous uprightness and service to the entertainment world in Nigeria, hang in there, this too shall pass away. I am with you.

“Maintain your apologies to the government and Nigerians, it should work at this crucial moment. Nigerians and the government appreciate humility and honesty. I care mate, Pele,” he said.

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(Re-opened) Nollywood star Funke Akindele, husband plead guilty to flouting social distancing regulation

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Nollywood star, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, on Monday pleaded guilty to flouting social distancing regulation.

The couple admitted guilt before Magistrate Aje Afunwa in Ikeja.

The magistrate stood down the case after the arraignment of the couple.

She may give sentence when proceedings resume after some minutes.

The police in Lagos had on Sunday arrested  Akindele for throwing a party which violated restriction order against the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

 

“The attention of state Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry on an estate on Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis.

“They were celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband.

“Police detectives from the state CID, Yaba, were promptly drafted to the location and Akindele was arrested,’’ the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, has said in a statement.

He said that efforts were being intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley) and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz.

The police spokesman advised those involved to report at the CID Yaba on Monday in their best interest or risk being declared wanted.

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Breaking: Nollywood star, Funke Akindele, pleads guilty to flouting social distancing regulation

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Funke Akindele arrested for violating restriction orders in Lagos

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The police in Lagos have arrested popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, for throwing a party in violation of the restriction order against the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

“The attention of state Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry in an Estate, along Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis.

“They were celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband.

“Police detectives from the state CID Yaba, were promptly drafted to the location and Akindele was arrested,” Elkana said.

He said that efforts were intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz.

The police spokeperson advised those involved to report at the CID Yaba on Monday in their best interest or risk being declared wanted.

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Nigerians berate Funke Akindele for organising party amidst COVID-19 stay- at -home order 

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Scores of Nigerians on twitter, berated Funke Akindele, an actress, for organising a house party amidst stay -at –home order by the Federal Government over COVID-19 pandemic.

Akindele on Saturday organised a house party to celebrate her husband JJC’s birthday  at her residence in Amen Estate Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos

JJC and wife, Funke Akindele Photo Credit: IG

Some of the dignitaries that attended the party included; Naira Marley, Rasheed Gbadamosi, a former Lagos state governorship aspirant among others.

Nigeria News Agency recalls  that the Federal Government last week, ordered a total lockdown for residents of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun States to curb the spread of COVID-19.

However, Akindele, an Ambassador of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) one of the agencies in the fore front of the battle to stop the spread of the  virus, was seen holding house party with friends and families.

One of the twitter user, Mazi Olisaemeka with twtiter handle @olisasage said:  “What Funke Akindele and the husband did was highly irresponsible, adding that the duo were expected to know better.

“How can you organise a house party with so many people in attendance at this time when social distancing is very important, it is really disappointing,” he said.

Also WalkingHumanJollofRice with twitter handle @n60oflife6 called on NCDC to immediately quarantine everybody that attended the house party.

According to him, dear @NCDCgov your Ambassador Funke Akindele, her husband JJC, Eniola Badmus, Naira Marley and the entire family threw a packed house party  yesterday

” I love Funke and have nothing against her but everyone in that house should be forcefully quarantined, please treat as urgent,” he stated.

Another twitter user,  OurfavOnlineDoc with twitter handle @Drolufunmilayo called on NCDC to immediately punish Funke for such act of misdemeanour and violation of government’s order.

According to him, dear @NCDCgov, please I hope there is a clause in the contract that Funke Akindele signed that spells punishment for the kind of idiocy she displayed yesterday.

He said that Akindele’s action was a total slap on the NCDC for hosting a house party despite being an NCDC ambassador, stressing that her excuse was stupid, silly and shameful lie.

Danny Walter with twitter handle @Danny_Walter, said “see the crowd at Funke Akindele’s party with Naira Marley in attendance, Eniola Badmus and people who just barely returned from the United Kingdom.”

Walter said such act was the height of irresponsibility and must come with commensurate punishment for the actor

Mr Ayekooto Akindele with twitter handle @DeeOneAyekooto said to think Funke Akindele, a Dettol Ambassador, who is leading campaign against COVID-19 and  on the advert but still went ahead to host party was height of irresponsibility.

According to him, y”are a Lagos State Government Ambassador, you held a party in the midst of COVID-19 lockdown, shame on you, you are not a worthy ambassador.”

Tife  with twitter handle @Tife_fabunmi said, “you people will confidently and passionately drag our politicians for not doing the right thing but all of a sudden,  you do not want people to drag Funke Akindele.

“You do not know it is her responsibility as a citizen of Nigeria to abide by the rules set by the federal government,” he said.

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Funke Akindele celebrates husband’s birthday

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Movie star, Funke Akindele has celebrated her husband, JJC Skillz’s birthday as he became a year older on Saturday.

Akindele, the AMVCA award winner who emerged the Best Actress in a comedy (Movie/TV series) for her performance in “Mom’s at War” at the 7th edition of the glamorous award, took to her Instagram handle to pen down loving message to her husband.

She wrote:” Happy birthday my darling husband. The Lord will grant you longer life and good health. Thank you for being a sweetheart!

” Our home will always be peaceful and the Lord will continue to bless us. Enjoy your day my king,” she wrote.

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2020 AMVCA: Actors felicitate with Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham

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Many Nollywood actors on Sunday took to their Instagram handles to felicitate with Funke Akindele and Toyin Abraham over their awards during the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Funke Akindele emerged best Actress in a comedy (Movie/TV series) for her performance in “Moms at War” at the 7th edition of the glamorous award was held on Saturday at Eko Hotels and Suites.

Toyin Abraham got the Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV series) category for her role in “Elevator Baby”.

Some of the actors that celebrated their victory on their Instagram handles were: Muyiwa Ademola, Liz Dasilva, Ibrahim Chatta, Fathia Williams, Tayo Sobola, Eniola Ajao and a host of others.

Ademola wrote, “A very huge congratulations to these wonderful souls. Our adorable world best with her husband and of course the very gifted Jennybabe with her husband. Keep growing guys, we love and appreciate you.”

Da Silva with a sign of thumbs up congratulated them saying “Congrats to my own people, more wins.”

Chatta also had this on his Instagram handle with a display of their pictures: “Congratulations to the two. You both are worth being proud of. God bless you and your spouses as well.”

Fathia Williams also wrote: “Congratulations to you both on your awards, may you achieve every success in your life. You worked hard, you deserve it, you have got it. Congratulations on this wonderful recognition of your merits.”

 Tayo Sobola said: “Congratulations my beautiful sisters,” while Eniola Ajao wrote,” Huge congratulations to my beautiful and hardworking sisters, this is a testament that hard work pays. More wins.”

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Makeup Category -Lilian Omozele Paul (God Calling)

Best Costume Designer – Dimeji Ajibola (Ratnik)

Best Picture Editor – Tosin Igho and Byryan Dike (Elevator Baby)

Best Sound Editor – Cristina Aragon (Living in Bondage)

Best Lighting and Designer – Cardoso (God Calling)

Best Cinematographer – John Demps (Living in Bondage)

Best Documentary – Beverly Naya (Skin)

Best Soundtrack – Larry Gaaga and Flavour (Living in Bondage)

Best Writer – Asinogu Nicole and CJ Obasi (Living in Bondage)

Best Indigenous Language Swahili – Raveet Sippy Chadha (Subira)

Best Indigenous Language Hausa – Muhammad T. Finisher (Tuntube)

Best Indigenous Language Yoruba – Yewande Famakin (Alubarika)

Best Indigenous Language Series Igbo – Victor Iyke (Nne)

Best TV Series Drama/Comedy- Anis Halloway (Truth)

Best Short Film or Online Video – Bola ‘Enigma’ Akanbi (Thorn)

Best Multichoice Talent Factory Film – Promises (East Africa)

Best Movie Southern Africa – Dalitso (Abraham Kabwe)

Best Movie East Africa – Plan B (Sarah Hassan)

Best Movie West Africa – Living in Bondage (Steve Gukas)

Industry Merit Award – Peter Igho

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or TV Series – Gloria sarfo (The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series – Pascal Tokodi (Disconnect)

Best Actress in a Comedy – Funke Akindele (Moms At War)

Best Actor in a Comedy – Chibunna “Funny Bone” Stanley (Smash)

Best Actress in a Drama – Toyin Abraham (Elevator Baby)

Best Actor in a Drama – Timini Egbuson (Elevator Baby)

Best Dressed Male – Mike Edwards

Best Dressed Female – Mercy Eke

Trailblazer Award – Swanky J.K.A

Best Director – Ramsey Noah (Living in Bondage)

Overall Movie – Living in Bondage.

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Funke Akindele makes directorial debut on ‘Your Excellency’

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Award-winning actress and producer, Funke Akindele a.k.a Jenifer will direct and act in a leading role in new EbonyLife film, ‘Your Excellency’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the ‘Jenifa’ actress announced the project on her Instagram @funkejenifaakindele.

She said, “Your Excellency has a great script, excellent cast and an experienced production team, so I’m looking forward to making the best possible film.

“It’s great to be working with Aunty Mo again, so soon after the success of ‘Chief Daddy’, and hopefully, we can make another hit movie.”

‘Your Excellency’ tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who is obsessed with Donald Trump.

Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, Ajadi is anointed by a major party and becomes a credible contender – all through the power of social media.

As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate, with little to offer voters except viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for the presidency.

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer also expressed her delight over the creative partnership. Commenting on Instagram, she said, “EbonyLife Films is really excited to have Funke Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature.

“Her knack for telling a good story, her comedic instincts and an incredible work ethic make her the perfect choice for this film.

“Everyone will be able to relate to the characters and the way in which social media is shaping our lives and the country’s future,” she said.

While this is Akindele’s debut as a feature film director, she is an experienced producer of eight movies, including the widely acclaimed ‘Jenifa’ and ‘The Return of Jenifa’.

She achieved wide acclaim for producing and starring in popular television series ›Jenifa’s Diary’, which became the most-watched family series in Nigeria.

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Funke Akindele-Bello cast in Hollywood’s “Avengers: Infinity War”

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Akindele-Bello is currently playing the lead character in the hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the show is a spin-off from the movie titled, `Jenifa.’

Akindele-Bello came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002.

In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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Funke Akindele’s pregnancy, JAMB dominate Google searches

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Lagos, Aug. 25, 2017 Rumors of Funke Akindele’s pregnancy during a hosting gig and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) result dominated searches on the internet search engine Google this week.

Google’s spokesman Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade made the announcement in a statement on Friday in Lagos.

He listed the week’s top trending search terms on Google as  ranging from JAMB news, Buhari Speech, Funke Akindele pregnancy and Chelsea vs Tottenham.

“Nollywood actress Akindele sparked rumors of her pregnancy last weekend during a hosting gig.

“The Jenifa’s Diary star was photographed rocking a loose denim dungarees dress and sneakers as she chatted up fans during the event in Festac town, Lagos.

“This comes months after Funke’s husband Abdul Rasheed Bello aka JJC, debunked rumours of her being pregnant with twins.

“Without waiting for the couple to officially announce the pregnancy, excited fans took to Google to search, download and repost pictures of the actress, with congratulatory messages,” he said.

Kola-Ogunlade said that anyone who studied in Nigeria would understand the ongoing anticipation around the JAMB results, which were recently released for 2017/2018 admissions to universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria.

The Google manager said that eagerness to know which university they were eligible to apply to got students visiting Google search for information.

He said that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari speech after his return back to the country after three months of medical leave, mandated by his doctors, in the UK got people’s attention online.

“Citizens that missed the president’s broadcasted speech went to Google to search for the transcript,” he said.

Kola-Ogunlade said that in the world of sports, Chelsea and Tottenham meeting on Aug. 20 in Tottenham’s first Premier League game at their temporary home, Wembley Stadium got people searching online.

“The match ended in a 2-1 win for Chelsea, which leaves both clubs at a total of 3 points each in the Premier League.

“Football fans searches Google for the latest Premier League results,” he said.

The Google manager said that on Aug 22, the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Mr Saka Audu reported an outbreak of gastroenteritis in the state.

He said that 62-people were reported to have died from the disease, of which Kogi State had stated that they were transferring affect patients to the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja for specialist treatment.

 

Kola-Ogunlade said that concerned Nigerians went to Google search to find out more information about the killer disease and how to prevent it.

 

NAN reports that Google Trends launched in May, 2006, allows one to see how popular, search terms and its demography have been over time on Google.

 

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Abuja, Aug. 24, 2017 The social media was agog on Thursday with birthday wishes from notable entertainers in the Nigerian entertainment industry to Nollywood actress Olufunke Akindele Bello on her 41st birthday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the actress, movie producer and a philanthropist was born on Aug. 24, 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

She came into the limelight after featuring in a popular United Nations Population Fund-sponsored sitcom: “I Need to Know’’, which ran from 1998 to 2002.

Her popularity was recently boosted when she won the best actress in a leading role in the African Movie Academy Award (AMA Awards) with her popular record breaking movie “JENIFA’’.

Bello acquired a National Diploma in Mass Communication from the Ogun State Polytechnic, and later a degree in law from the University of Lagos.

Popular actress Mercy Aigbe,took to her twitter handle @realmercyaigbe to express her wish for the celebrant, “Happy birthday my super woman, thank you for being amazing you’’.

funkeakindele

you deserve every blessing, love, favour and grace, love U.’’

An indigenous telecommunication giant in the country on which Bello is a brand ambassador also sent her birthday wishes:

HappyBirthdayJenifa’’.

BellaNaija.’’

jjcskillzhttps’’.

The celebrant’s husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skills expressed his birthday wishes on his twitter handle @JJCSKILLZ.

He wrote, “weda dey like am, weda dey no like am o. We are celebrating your birthday, it’s your birthday…’’.

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Big Brother Naija: Funke Akindele says housemate Gifty, a pretender

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Talented Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele Bello on Thursday referred to one of the Big Brother Naija’s housemates, Gifty as a pretender.

 

Bello, also known as Jenifa tweeted on her handle @funkeakindele “I just watched the clip now. She is obviously a liar who needs attention. How can she say she doesn’t know Falz and Banky W.’’

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that three Nigerian celebrities, including Emmanuel Ikubese, Falz and Banky W recently visited the housemates in South Africa.

 

During her diary session, Gifty said she doesn’t know any of these celebrities.

 

NAN also reports that reactions had continued to trail Bello’s tweet.

 

Zozoka1@Buyiswamakasi tweeted “…Gifty is just plain and blonde’’.

 

Genesis Uzeshi tweeted @genesisUzeshi “…won’t be surprise if she (Gifty) doesn’t know funke akindele,’’.

 

@dexestudios said “am sure Gifty doesn’t know Funke and Tinubu too.’’

 

Similarly, @OlabisiMustapha tweeted, “@funkeakindele yes Gifty is seeking for attention and at the same time downgrading our artists. Please everything Gifty has said, add it to Jenifa’s diary.’’

 

Boluwatife Magic also tweeted, “we go soon hear say, she knows nothing about Nigeria…she is so out of the game #bbnaija.

NAN reports that Bello was born on Aug. 24, 1976 at Ikorodo, Lagos State.

 

The movie producer obtained her National Diploma in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and got a law degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.

 

She came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund sponsored sitcom; ‘I Need to Know,’ which ran from 1998 to 2002.

 

Her film “Jenifa’’ which debuted in 2008 took the African Entertainment industry by storm; it received four nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Award in same year.

 

Bello, popularly called Jenifa got married to Kehinde Oloyede in 2012 and in 2013, the marriage hit the rocks.

 

In 2016, she got married to a rapper, Rasheed Bello popularly known as JJC.

 

She runs a Non Governmental Organisation known as `The Jenifa Foundation’, aimed at nurturing talents and acquiring vocational skills.

 

Jenifa has a lot of endorsement deals to her name, the most recent is her being signed on as an Ambassador to Irokotv.

She had acted in many Yoruba and English movies and soaps and won several awards.

 

In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress leading role.

 

Her movie series `Jenifa’s Diary’ which features Nigerian rapper, Falz won the 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award and the Entertainment TV Programme of the year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

 

Also, she won `Best Actress African Collaboration’ in the film `A Trip to Jamaica at the 2016 Ghana Movies Awards and `Best Actress of the Year’ at the 2016 African Entertainment Legend Awards.

 

She also won `Sitcom of the Year’ and `Best Actress in Comedy’ at the 2016 Naija Fm Awards.

 

The talented actress had won many awards in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010.

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