Lessons are abounding for Nigerians from reckless and irresponsible acts of Funke Akindele Bello and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello. Funke is a popular Nollywood actress and the producer of popular Nigeria TV Series, Jenifa’s Diary. Her husband is also known as JJC Skillz.
Amidst the fight for COVID-19, Funke and husband hosted a birthday party at their residence; 9 Gbadamosi Close, Amen Estate, Abijo, Lekki in the Lagos magisterial district. Such violated the Lagos State’s Government directive for social distancing. The offence against them was brought to the Chief Magistrate Aje Afunwa pursuant to regulation 8 (1) (a)(b) 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 and is punishable under Section 58 of Public Health Law Cap. P.16 Vol 9, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
JUDGEMENT OF THE COURT
The gathering was a reckless and irresponsible act.
The defendants are fined N100,000 each.
They must be immediately held in isolation for 14-days after which they will serve 14-day community service.
The defendants shall visit ten important public places in the state to create awareness on the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are also to provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24-hours.
The couple left the court shamefully after the judgement. They were covered with a wrapper by friends to dodge the press.
LESSONS FOR NIGERIANS
Violation of social distancing is self-punishment.
One may not be as civilised as you may think no matter the social status.
Whistleblowers have been deployed by the government to help in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
It is a warning to many Nigerians insisting they cannot shift their wedding, burial, birthday etc ceremonies, and swore to make it low-key provided it holds.
The fights to stop the spread of COVID-19 by the government is not business as usual (like na Naija we dey)
Celebrities are not above the law.
One can be punished by the court for violating precautionary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.