- Akindele apologises for hosting party
The Lagos Police command has arrested a popular Nigerian movie star, Funke Akindele for hosting a house party defiling the social distancing.
The party was hosting in hounour of her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello alias JJC Skillz’s birthday.
According to the report, the attendees were more than the permissible number allowed by the government.
The Lagos State government had banned more than 25 people from assembling in an effort to curtail the spread of the Covid-19.
Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana said: “Attention of Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing a large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry in an Estate, along Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis, Lagos 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.
“Funke Akindele was arrested. Investigation is ongoing, efforts are 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.
“They are in their best interests urged to report at the State CID Yaba on Monday 6th April, 2020 or risk being declared wanted.”
It could be recalled that Akindele appeared in a video sponsored by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to promote awareness about Coronavirus.
Why I Hosted The Party:
Meanwhile, in a short video posted on her Twitter’s page, Funke Akindele said all attendees were members of his company and were residing in the estates.
In her defence, the people were already in the estate long before President Muhammadu Buhari announced the lockdown.
Akindele said “I will not intentionally mislead people. Truly, yesterday was my husband’s birthday and both of us were in SceneOne Studios
“We have studios going to like 12 in there. We have interior, exteriors and that is where we filmed Jennifer Diary. Before the pandemic, we all worked together there, we have the strength of 100 workers but not all the 100 are here now. So, when the pandemic started, we had to stop production including our new project which was supposed to start in April.
“Some youths had been in this estate, rehearsing, dancing, etc. When the lockdown was announced, some of the staff live outside Lagos and they couldn’t go back. The borders are closed and they had to stay back. Please, note I am not defending myself, I understand your concerns.”