- A Lagos-based lawyer identified as Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje has said that the offence for which actress Funke Akindele and her husband were convicted was strange to the law
- Mr Ogungbeje was referring to the entertainer's flouting of the Lagos state order during the lockdown
- The lawyer would be confronting a Federal High Court on Friday, July 10, over the matter
A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, is prepared to face the Federal High Court on Friday, July 10, over the legality of the arrest of actress Funke Akindele, her husband, Abdu-Rasheed Bello, and 236 other people.
Guardian reported that the lawyer sought a declaration that the law on which Akindele and others were sentenced was inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Jenifa's Diary actress was arrested for flouting the orders of the Lagos state government which instructed Lagosians to stay at home and avoid social gatherings during the lockdown.
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The actress organised a birthday party for her husband and some of the guests in attendance included celebrities like Naira Marley and Eniola Badmus.
Following the event, the entertainer and her husband were arrested and convicted for violating the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020, which the lawyer says lack legal backing.
A few months after the incidence took place, Mr Ogungbeje said that the offence for which the film star and others were convicted was strange to the law and could not be grounds for criminal liability.
In other news, Legit.ng earlier reported that an ex-staff of Akindele called her out for emotional and physical abuse.
A young writer called Cassandra Owolabi recounted how she used to work for the actress and the physical and emotional abuse her members of staff go through.
Khassie stated that she once witnessed the film star slap a member of staff the way a mother would hit her child. She also said that working for Akindele was like enslavement because they were ripped of their fundamental human rights such as not having the freedom of movement, speech, or expression.
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