Funke Akindele, others’ COVID-19 convictions Court strikes out suit challenging
Nupeflaver brings to you The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has struck out a suit seeking to set aside the convictions of popular actress, Funke Akindele, alias Jenifa, her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, and 236 others, who were all prosecuted for violating the state’s 2020 lockdown and social distancing order to check the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile Justice Akintayo Aluko held that the suit disclosed no reasonable cause of action and was also incompetent
Nigerai most talented actress Funke Akindele and her husband were convicted on April 6, 2020 by the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba, days after they held a crowded house birthday party contrary to Lagos State’s social distancing order.
But however a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, approached the court, challenging the constitutionality of the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 pursuant to which the affected residents were convicted and sentenced.
The Joint respondents in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/588/2020 are the Lagos State Government, Attorney-General of Lagos State, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Inspector-General of Police.
But Mr Ogungbeje also sought, among other reliefs, an order of the court compelling the Respondents jointly and severally to tender a public apology in three widely read newspaper publications for their arrest. arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencenent of those affected.