COVID-19: Nigerians demand Funke Akindele’s arrest for hosting party, go against govt. order

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Nollywood actor, Funke Akindele, has come under intense criticism for hosting a celebrity-studded party at home despite the government-ordered lockdown in a bid to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of Nigerians on social media called for the arrest of Akindele, popularly called ‘Jenifa’.

The actress, who is considered as an ambassador for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Dettol, has appeared in adverts calling on Nigerians to observe social distancing and hygiene.

However, in a video posted on social media by her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, many celebrities including singer Naira Marley, are seen having a house party in contravention of the government order.

In the video, which is almost two minutes long, JJC Skillz says it was his birthday and he had to invite friends to celebrate with him at their home located at Amen Estate, Lekki-Epe Expressway.

He said, “Na here we dey, those of us wey get mind (sic). This is the best estate to be stuck in during the lockdown. It is my birthday.”

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The guests, which are over 20, including Naira Marley, are also seen singing ‘Ma fo’, a song released by the musician last year.

The video, however, caused an uproar online with many Nigerians calling on both the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government to take immediate action.

@Dolusegun tweeted, “Funke Akindele and her husband should be arrested this morning.”

@Klazematics said, “The government won’t succeed with this lockdown if people like Funke Akindele are not punished for their reckless behaviour. A scapegoat needs to be made of them.”

@Bshizzle70 wrote on Instagram, “Everybody at that party should be arrested. This is a criminal offence. Choose who your role model is wisely.”

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