The week started with the court arraignment of popular celebrity couple Funke Akindele and her husband Bello over violation of the lockdown law in Lagos to observe Bello’s birthday ceremony. Obviously the rot of law on violators of the lockdown other is not over yet, as the Lagos State Police Command is still after other offenders present at the birthday celebration. There are indications that Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, may soon appear in court.
Both men were arrested by the police on Monday on the suspicion that they and other partygoers violated the Infectious Disease Regulation of Lagos State.
An Ogba Magistrates’ Court on Monday, found Akindele and Bello guilty of the offence.
Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa sentenced the couple to 14-day community service and a fine of N100,000 each.
The Command ordered Marley and the other guests to make themselves available or be declared wanted.
It’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mr Elkana Bala, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said the proposed arraignments did not hold as there were no courts to hear the matter, following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bala said: “They will be arraigned, but no court is sitting now. Courts don’t sit on Tuesday. They have days they sit now because of this Coronavirus. They sat yesterday (Monday), the next sitting will be today.”