By Wisdom Nwedene, Lagos
Popular Nigerian Singer, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, is currently on the run after the Nigerian police arrested popular actress, Funke Akindele for hosting a birthday party for her husband despite the lockdown caused by the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
In a video obtained by Naijatell, Naira Marley was seen at the Birthday party despite the lockdown.
As at the time of filing this report, a close source revealed to Naijatell that Naira Marley has gone into hiding following the arrest of Funke Akindele by the police on Sunday.
Naijatell recalls that thousands of Nigerians on social media called for the arrest of Akindele, popularly called ‘Jenifa’.
The actress, who is said to be an ambassador for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Dettol, has appeared in adverts calling on Nigerians to observe social distancing and hygiene.
She later 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 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.
“Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of one Hundred Thousand Nara fine (N100,000.00) or one (1) month imprisonment or three (3) months Community service.”