Nigeria Entertainment Industry have in it controversial people, who have in one way or the other violated or go against the Rule of law. Following the scenes of their crimes, some might have found themselves in that shoes based on frustration, Luxuries of life (lack of contentment) or let’s say they are not acting what they preaches.
Over the week, popular actress and mother of twins, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz, made the news when they were sentenced to 14 days community service and ordered to pay fines of N100,000 each, for violating the lockdown currently in place in Lagos State.
Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz
Actress, Funke Akindele, and husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, were arrested for violating the Federal and Lagos State orders on the lockdown to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic by hosting a house party with more than 20 guests in attendance. The video of the party was uploaded on social media, and this got many Nigerians upset and ranting about the danger involved. Meanwhile, the actress was in an advertisement, advising people to observe social distancing and maintain proper hygiene during this period.
The celebrity couple were arraigned at an Ogba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday, April 6. They both pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 14 days community service and ordered to pay fines of N100,000 each.
Nigerian Singer, Azeez Fashola, in December 2019, the ‘Marlians’ boss was declared wanted by the police. It was alleged that the singer, his two siblings and a cousin had driven away a car that hit his motorcade on their way to a show on Victoria Island, Lagos. The charges against the singer were later withdrawn by the police.
Not a stranger to controversies and run-ins with the law, Marley was also detained by the Nigeria Police after he attended a house party hosted by actress, Funke Akindele, to mark her husband, JJC Skillz’ birthday in their house in Lagos despite the lockdown in the state. Later, the charges against him were dropped by the Lagos State government.
Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy is one of the biggest music artistes in Africa at the moment. But he also seems to have a knack for getting into trouble.
In 2017, Burna Boy, was arrested for alleged involvement in the robbery of his colleague, Abiye Jumbo, popularly called Mr 2kay. He was subsequently arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on two counts of ‘accessory to after fact and failing to give information to the police on the attack’.
Before his arraignment, the singer had been declared wanted by the then Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, following his refusal to respond to an invitation by the police.
Four suspects, including Burna Boy’s road manager, Joel Kantiock, had been paraded for allegedly robbing Mr 2Kay on October 22, 2017, in his room at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, after a show.
The suspects allegedly confessed that Burna Boy mobilised them with an initial cash sum of N50,000 and a subsequent sum of N50,000 to carry out the attack.
Meanwhile, the ‘Ye’ singer was allegedly barred from the United Kingdom for some years on account of a gang-related crime. The ban was allegedly lifted in 2016 though Ogulu maintained in an interview that he came to Nigeria of his own volition and was not deported from the UK.
In 2011, actor, Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe, was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on the allegation that he had ingested substances suspected to be hard drugs. He was detained after a body scanner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, allegedly identified suspected hard drugs in his stomach on his way out of the country.
However, after more than three weeks of observation in detention, officials of the NDLEA admitted that he didn’t excrete any drugs.
He was subsequently released on bail and a Lagos High Court later ordered that the NDLEA should pay him the sum of N25m as compensation for illegal detention.
Almost a decade after, Omidina maintained that the NDLEA had not paid him.
Actress, Lola Margaret, was arrested in the United States of America in 2018. She was reported to be in detention for two weeks after she allegedly tried to withdraw a huge amount of money deposited in her account.
She was later released and deported from the US to Nigeria. Upon her return to the country, the actress kept mum on the case but earlier this year (in January), at the private screening of a movie produced by Faithia Williams, she claimed to be a victim of circumstance. She said, “I trusted a friend who betrayed me and led to my arrest. But here I am today enjoying myself. Life has to go on.”
In 2007, actor, Uche Odoputa, was arrested by the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency for drug trafficking and was jailed for two years and three weeks.
In an interview with Punch after his release from jail, the Imo State indigene stated that he was faced with financial issues which led him into the illegal act. He said, “I regret my actions. I was a growing brand and a lot of people were angered by my action. I was disappointed in myself. I thank God I came out of prison a changed person.
Rapper, Babalola Falemi, aka Sauce Kid (Sinzu) was, in 2017, arrested in the US for aggravated identity theft.
He was sentenced to two years in jail after he pleaded guilty to the crime, which was described in the US penal code as the unlawful taking of the property of another person or business, ranging from $1000 to $500,000.
Sinzu was said to have stolen over 15 bank cards, encoded the bank numbers into blank cards, changed the PINs, and withdrew cash from Automated Teller Machines. He allegedly stole $15,388 from the unsuspecting victims.
He eventually served his sentence in a federal prison and has since regained his freedom.
In 2009, actress and former beauty queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima, was sued by the family of a medical doctor, Giwa Suraj, for reckless driving, which resulted in the death of the doctor.
The case went on for a while but in 2016, Fiberesima was sentenced to five years in prison by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. She was however granted bail in the sum of N2m and told to provide two sureties by the Court of Appeal in Lagos, pending the determination of her appeal at the Supreme Court.
In September 2006, actress, Taiwo Akinwade, popularly called Wunmi, was arrested by the NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, as she was about to board a plane to London. She later excreted 92 wraps of cocaine at the NDLEA cell where she was detained. In January 2007, she was eventually sentenced to three years in prison or pay a fine of N1m.
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