… to serve 14-day community service
…fined N100,000 each for flouting social distancing law
For flouting the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 by hosting a birthday party, Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, have been convicted and fined N100,000 each by a Lagos court.
An Ogba Magistrates’ Court in Ikeja also
ordered the defendants to pay N100,000 naira each as fine.
PerSecondnews reports that the duo had
pleaded guilty to the one-count charge brought against them by the Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).
Onigbanjo told the court that Funke and her husband Bello, flouted the directive of the Lagos state Governor when they gathered more than 20 people at their Lekki home.
Magistrate Y.O. Aje-Afunwa who handed down the verdict, said the couple must serve 14 days community service and thereafter to observe period of isolation.
Following their guilty plea, Onigbanjo asked the court to sentence them accordingly.
The couple who were represented by their lawyer, Mr Abayomi Alagbada, however, pleaded for leniency.
“I plead for leniency on the following grounds; both of them are first offenders, they are respectable members of society and have two young children”.
After taking their plea, Magistrate Aje-Afunwa stood the matter down for 30 minutes and went into her chamber.
The duo was charged with gathering at their house with over 20 people contrary to the social distancing directives of Mr Governor of Lagos State made pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) & (b) and 17(1)“) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease(Emergency Prevention)Regulation 2020.
The offence is also punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law, Vol.9, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.