By Augustine Akhilomen

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and her husband, Raheem Bello, who pleaded guilty to the one count charge of flouting the restriction order have been sentenced to 14 days of community service and N100,000 fine each.

The couple were earlier on Monday charged and arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba on one count charge.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said that Funke and her hubby were brought to Court by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigation, DCP Yetunde Longe.

The prosecuting team was lead by the Hon Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN.

The charge was read to the accused persons by the Court and they pleaded guilty.

“The Court found them guilty as charged and sentenced as follows: The defendants are to pay a fine of 100,000 each, sentenced to 14 days community service, three hours per day, excluding Saturday and Sunday; each Defender shall visit 10 important public places within Lagos State to educate the public on the consequences of non compliance with the restriction order; and they must submit the names and phone numbers of every person who attended the party.

“They shall be placed on isolation by the State Government to determine their COVID-19 status. Failure to abide by the above directives shall attract more severe punishments,” he said.

The Police PRO said Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley is now in Police custody and would be charged to Court for violating the restriction orders.

“The Command has launched a manhunt for the remaining persons who attended the party. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc expressed his profound gratitude to Lagosians and other well meaning Nigerians that speak up against the violations. Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19,” he said.


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