Popular Nollywood actress and comic actor, Funke Akindele has hired human right activist, Femi Falana SAN, to quash her conviction for breaching social distancing law of Lagos state government
Akindele and her husband, popularly called JJC Skillz, on April 4, held a party at their residence with over 20 persons in attendance.
The duo later appeared in court charged with contravening Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) and 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020, and therefore committed an offence under Section 58 of the Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol. 9, Laws of Lagos State 2015.
The law deals with the social distancing policy targeted at minimising large gatherings in the effort to contain the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
They two were thus sentenced to 14 days community service, besides other penalties, by Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba, Lagos.
Many lawyers criticized the conviction and contended that it will be quashed if it is challenged.
It seems the popular nollywood diva has decided to challenge the conviction by briefing Femi Falana SAN.
When asked about his views on the status of the celebrity couple and whether they will be tagged “Ex-convicts” , Mr Femi Falana,SAN, said:
“Your request unfortunately, cannot be met because I am involved in the matter.
“She (Funke Akindele) has already briefed me and once the lockdown is over, we are likely to go to court;
“So, I don’t want to be seen as pre-empting what we are going to do,” he said.