Lagos lawyer challenges arrest of Funke Akindele and husband

Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, is challenging the arrest and prosecution of actress Funke Akindele and her husband over violation of lockdown directives.

The lawyer is ready to face the Federal High Court on Friday, July 10, over the legality of the arrest of actress Funke Akindele, her husband, Abdu-Rasheed Bello, and 236 other people.

Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje is seeking a declaration that the law on which Akindele and others were sentenced was inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

Nigerian actress Funke Akindele was fined $260 (£210) after holding a party during the lockdown imposed to tackle coronavirus.

She was widely criticised online for the party in her Lagos mansion, held to celebrate the birthday of her husband.

It is not clear how many people attended the event in Lagos, where all gatherings of more than 25 people had been banned.

Akindele and her husband pleaded guilty to violating the lockdown restrictions in a Lagos court, according to a statement from Lagos State police.

As well as the fine, the couple had also been ordered to do 14 days of community service stipulating that they should both visit 10 important public places within Lagos state to educate the public on the consequences of not complying with restriction orders imposed by the government.

Months after the incidence took place, Mr Ogungbeje said that the offence for which the film star and others were convicted was strange to the law and could not be grounds for criminal liability.

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