Popular Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele-Bello has been arrested by the police for defying lockdown orders in Lagos State to host a house party.
The mother-of-three along with husband JJC Skillz threw a party Sunday to mark his birthday but faced criticism from members of the public after videos and pictures surfaced online.
It is gathered that law enforcement agents arrived in Amen Estate off Lekki-Epe Expressway, where the couple lives, in about three patrol vehicles to make the arrest.
The Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, has confirmed the arrest, stressing that the actress had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
He said, “Yes, we have (arrested) Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others. She has been taken to SCID.”
This comes after thousands of Nigerians on social media called for the arrest Akindele, after videos from the birthday party surfaced online, especially because she has appeared in adverts calling on Nigerians to observe social distancing and hygiene.
Before the arrest, Jenifa as she is popularly apologised over the incident, saying most of those who attended the party were colleagues, who were living temporarily within the estate and could not return to their home states because of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) prescribes a jail term of one month or N100,000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order.
It reads in part, “Where there is a violation of a close-down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the closedown or stay at home order for at least forty-eight (48) hours.