Nigerian actress Funke Akindele arrested for violating social distancing order amid coronavirus pandemic, police issue statement

The Lagos state police command confirmed the arrest of actress Funke Akindele in a statement.

Police said she was arrested following 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”.

The birthday party was reportedly organized by Funke Akindele Bello and her husband, police said.

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde, popularly known as Funke Akindele, is a Nigerian actress and producer who starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

She plays the lead character in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

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“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.

“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.

DSP Bala Elkana

“Police Public Relations Officer,
Lagos State Command.”

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