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Funke Akindele faces 3 months jail term according to quarantine laws signed by Buhari

Pascal Oparada

Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele faces a jail term of not less than three months following her flouting the laws of the federal and Lagos State governments signed into law by President Muhammadu on March 30.

She was arrested by the Police on Sunday in her home near Lekki.

Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004) conferred such powers on President Buhari to prosecute anyone flouting the Act.

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 the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the close down 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.”

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.

Nigerians on social media called for the arrest of the actress after it emerged she hosted a house party in honour of her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz.

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.