In new confirmed reports, Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele Bello has been arrested by the Lagos State Police command over hosting a house party amid the Covid-19 lockdown order in the state.
Her arrest comes after a video of her and her husband throwing a birthday house party in their home made waves across the internet.
The video has since caused a serious stir on social media with a lot of people calling for the arrest of the actress, her husband and every other person who partook in the social gathering.
In a new report, the Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirms that the actress has been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
“Yes, we have (arrested) Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others. She has been taken to SCID.”
were the words claimed to have been said by the PRO
It’s been revealed that authorities arrived in the estate where the actress lives —Amen Estate off Lekki-Epe Expressway— in about three patrol vehicles.
Though, Funke Akindele —who is an ambassador for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC and Dettol— has since apologized on her social media platforms, a statement from the spokesperson of the police command affirms her arrest.
The statement reads,
Funke Akindele arrested for violating restriction orders in Lagos
The Attention of Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing a large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry in an Estate, along Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis, Lagos celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele Bello and her husband.
Police detectives from the State CID Yaba were promptly drafted to the location.
Funke Akindele was arrested.
The statement also states that the police is in search for her hubby and Nigerian singer, Naira Marley.
Investigation is ongoing, efforts are intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz.
They are in their best interests urged to report at the State CID Yaba on Monday 6th April, 2020 or risk being declared wanted.
The Lagos State Government had ordered that in light of the Corona Virus, there shouldn’t be more than 25 persons in a gathering as violation of this order has its penalties.
In the video of Funke Akindele and her husband, a number of people —including Naira Marley— which looked like they exceeded 25, were seen in the celebrity couple’s house.
The video caused a serious stir on social media as fans of the actress were disappointed that she being who she is, violated the law. Funke made a video apologizing for her and her husband’s misdemeanour, though stating that precautions were made before the house party.