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Funke Akindele celebrates Jide Kosoko on his Birthday.

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Celebrating his birthday today, Actor Jide Kosoko showed off his singing skill and blessed God for keeping him to witness a new year in sound health and mind!

Actress Funke Akindele has publicly appreciated veteran actor Jide Kosoko on his birthday today.

In her birthday shout out to him on Instagram, the Omo Ghetto movie producer, Funke Akindele, appreciated Jide Kosoko for always been there for her.

“Happy birthday Daddy. Igba Odun, Odun kan ni sir. May your years on earth be longer in good health and wealth. Love you Daddy and thank you for always being there for me.” she wrote.

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“We all go through private battles” Funke Akindele, Adesua Etomi, others react to Chadwick Boseman’s death
Jide Kosoko was born on January 12, 1954 in Lagos to the Kosoko royal family of Lagos Island. He studied business a

The young Kosoko grew up in Ebute Metta and was inspired by the success of Hubert Ogunde to go into acting, when an acquaintance who was working with the Ifelodun Traveling theatre troupe invited him to audition for a role in Makanjuola, a tele-movie, Kosoko accepted the invitation, he auditioned and was chosen for the role, playing a played a character called Alabi.

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Kosoko continued with acting, he performed with the Awada Kerikeri group consisting of Sunday Omobolanle, Lanre Hassan and Oga Bello, and had guest appearances on the T.V. Show, New Masquerade. In 1972, he formed his own group theatre troupe.

He has written and produced his own films and stage plays including Ogun Ahoyaya. Kosoko became visible during the Video film era, producing his own film, Asiri n la in 1992, starring in Asewo to re Mecca and Tunde Kelani’s Ti Oluwa Ni’Le part 2.

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The Saga: Nollywood star act, Funke Akindele drops new dimension of ‘Omo Ghetto’

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The prequel Omo Ghetto was released in 2010 starring Funke Akindele, Rachel Oniga, Taiwo Hassan, Yinka Quadri and Eniola Badmus.

Nollywood actress and movie producer,Funke Akindele has just dropped the first teaser for her movie Omo Ghetto The Saga on social media.

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From the teaser, we can see that the film stars Funke Akindele-Bello, Eniola Badmus, Chioma Akpotha, Bimbo Thomas, Akah Nnani, Zubby Michael, Alexx Ekubo, Deyemi Okanlawon, Timini Egbuson, Nancy Isime, Paschaline Alex, Mercy Aigbe among others.

“OMO GHETTO (The Saga) same as the prequel is a story that follows Lefty and her friends, Nikky, Busty and Chummy Choko in Askamaya Ghetto,” Funke captioned the teaser.

The movie is based on the societal vices by a women-dominated gang.

Omo Ghetto The Saga will be released in cinemas from December 25.


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Funke Akindele give Pa James new house after flood full his house

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Top Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, has just gifted veteran actor, Kayode Olasehinde ‘Ajirebi’ aka Pa James with a brand new home.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that the kind gesture is coming after the house of veteran Nollywood actor, Ajirebi Kayode Olasehinde, located in Oke Isagun community of Oke Odo LGA in Lagos was destroyed by flooded after heavy rainfall.

The rain forced a canal to overflow thereby releasing its content into the property of the actor which has become a regular occurrence.

Announcing the kind gesture by Funke Akindele, actress Kemi Korede via Instagram wrote: “On behalf of PA JAMES, I Want to say Big thank you to @funkejenifaakindele for the new apartment given to him by you. God bless you so much for your good heart. your type is so rare..you are a gem. Almighty God will continue to make way for you where there seems to be no way.”

Although she has taken down the post after being instructed by Funke, who enjoys silently helping people, rather than receiving glory on social media for it, we were able to get a screenshot of it as seen below:

In another post, Kemi thanked those who came through for the actor, saying “To all that had supported pa James we say a big thank you…
Our colleagues that came all out to help we say thank you and God bless you all”

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Pa Ajirebi’s son, Samuel Ajirebi, had cried out earlier today and released photos of the sorry state of his dad’s home, online.

He wrote:

“Seriously sad right now, I get to think at times that, are we sure we have a government in this country?

“Look at what I met on going to visit my family today, a flooded house due to the overflowing canal behind our street.

“To make matters worse, no one was at home save my dad, so the old man and I had to be saving properties and scooping water out of the house!

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“This year makes it ten years of the repeated and consistent occurrence of this with severe damages done annually to properties, at times leading to temporary displacement!

“Letters have been written, appearances made, press releases written, still no significant step was taken by the government to channel the overrunning canal. “We need governmental intervention in Oke Isagun Community of Oke Odo LGA.

‘’We lose properties! We lose rest whenever we see rain signs! Tonight is going to be a partial prayer moment for families because it must not rain tonight…. No house for us to sleep in anymore!

“This is sad and heartbreaking”.


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Another Funke Akindele’s ex worker speak on her weird behavior

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Popular social media guru, Ibrahim Salawu also known as Unilag Olodo has revealed shocking details about Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele’s hostile behaviour to her workers. Contrary to the claim that Funke does not treat her workers well, Ibrahim who use to work for the veteran actress, in a lengthy post explained she kind of person and why she is perceived as hostile my some people.

According to Unilag Olodo, Funke Akindele is not an Angel neither is she perfect but one thing he is sure of is that the mother of two does not entertain laziness and any lazy person will not like her.

Read all he said below;

“FunkeAkindele is far from an angel, here’s my personal encounter with her and why I am sick of what the average Nigerian youth is becoming. This morning I was having a conversation with some friends when the topic of Funke Akindele came up and I was crushed by their comments about her from what they heard on social media. They had no idea I had a personal relationship with her and when I asked questions about how they got their minds set against someone they knew nothing about they went mute. This celebrity life sometimes is a gift and a curse.

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I was amazed at how noise on social media is capable of swaying the minds of seemingly reasonable people after hearing just one person’s account of a story. Social media is an amazing tool with infinite opportunity to impact lives positively and open up minds to endless possibilities, but today it is being weaponised, used to destroy people’s reputation and livelihood – ‘all this for a drop of clout?’.

Until you fall victim of this extremely illogical mob justice carried out on social media today, you won’t understand how senseless and horrible it is. How do you expend so much energy casting judgement on social media, just to appear morally sound off one-sided accounts? Ironic, isn’t it?

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One of the first things I learnt was the importance of listening and analysing both sides of the story before having an opinion and making judgement. I thought that was basic knowledge for every adult, apparently not.

Life is hard, funds are scarce and the government keeps dropping policies that don’t favour the masses, and this in my opinion has to be the only logical reason why people are so bitter and angry, ready to lend their voice to the destruction of whoever happens to be their victim for that day. This crab in a barrel mentality needs to be checked.

Yes, everybody loves the classic US versus THEM scenario. We feel weak so the moment we’re presented with a David & Goliath story, everybody is eager to whip out their slingshot. It’s just sad that we believe we are wise, yet we still operate on the ‘person wey cry pass na him dey innocent’ level. Anyway, before I spend the entire day lamenting about the sorry mindset of my peers, let me share my experience working for Funke Akindele.

In 2017, I worked as her PR lead at Scene One Productions. It was a 9-5 job which also had me visiting her home more often than I expected. I was shocked at how she was almost nothing like her social media personality the moment work was involved.

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Funke Akindele is one of the most focused, driven, and hardworking person you’ll ever meet! From non-stop rehearsals, writing and reviewing scripts, auditioning new actors and spending so much time on shoots with her co-stars, I realised why she is one of the most successful actors and businessperson in the Nigerian entertainment scene.

During my time shuffling between her office and her house, I saw exactly how she treated her office and domestic staff. The part of her you got was greatly dependent on your attitude to work. She is hands-on and very intimidating; if you were unsure of the role you had to play on her team or just incompetent, you definitely would hate her. One simply does not build an empire by joking around when it’s time to work.

Conversely, the way she treated those who did their job well, especially the cooks, cleaners and her entire domestic staff would leave you thinking she was their mother. She joked around with them, allowed freedom to express themselves and created an enabling environment, at the same time, she wouldn’t hesitate to scold anyone who misbehaved.

I read tweets of people talking about how mean and insensitive she was and all I could see from my experience with her was the fact that those people were most likely just lazy. Nigerian youths hate to be called lazy, but we are always looking for shortcuts and free meals, just look at how youths and even celebrities are defending fraudsters and justifying fraud on social media today.”


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I am a perfectionist – Funke Akindele brags | Video

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Popular Nollywood actress cum producer, Funke Akindele, also known as Jenifa in her infamous TV series “Jenifa’s diary”has taken to her Instagarm page to brag about being a hardworking woman and a perfectionist.

The mother of twins made this revelation in her Instagram story using a boomerang of herself working and hash tags .

This is coming after she was dragged online for allegedly being a physical, financial and mental abuser to her staff.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that one of her former staff, Cassandra Owolabi took to social media to drag her for being an abuser and claimed her abuse pushed her into depression.

Cassandra wrote:

“FINALLY FOUND THE STRENGTH TO SPEAK UP AGAIN

“A little update: About a month ago, I posted a lengthy video of my experience working with Funke Akindele. But the video was quickly brought down as a bid to shut me up. Naturally as a content creator, my instinct was to make another one right away but I couldn’t bring myself to it due to the fact that I touched on a really sensitive topic (depression) and some experiences I passed through while working for her which was like opening old wounds and I needed time to heal from that.

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“I am indeed happy and relieved that I finally got to make another video in which I touched on a few things because truthfully, even if I was given a day I would still not be able to cover all the ills not just me but her staff face daily.

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“The experience has indeed taught me that not all that glitters is gold, literally! Looking back I just wondered how I endured so much when we were deprived of so many things. For instance, we couldn’t watch TV (literally, the TV in our lodge was taken away weeks after we resumed) and she mustn’t walk in on you watching anything on your laptop (can’t tell you how many times she randomly sent people to come check if we were sleeping or doing anything asides writing). I mean, how do you expect your writers to be 100% productive when you don’t allow them some leisure time? It didn’t take me long to develop bloodshot eyes because there were daysssssssssss when we’d write all through the night, no sleep. We worked under DURESS AND FEAR. It is always about the script, the script is more important than you and your health.

P.S – For the few who asked why my character in the YouTube series ‘HOUSEHELPS’ was replaced, well… Because I chose to leave she asked that I be replaced (no surprises there)”.”


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Gist+: Court picks date to hear suit questioning Funke Akindele’s arrest

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The Federal High Court in Lagos will on July 10 hear the suit asking it to quash the conviction and sentencing of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele; her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello; and 236 others arrested, pursuant to the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had signed the prevention bill in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funke Akindele-Bello was arrested and sentenced by the Lagos state police command over the house party hosted in her house to celebrate her husband’s birthday on Saturday at their Amen Estate residence.

However, the plaintiff in the suit, Olukoya Ogungbeje, wants the court to declare that the law is inconsistent with provisions of Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution relating to fundamental human rights.

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Mr Ogungbeje told the court that he had a duty “to protect and defend the sanctity of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from any contravention or infraction.”

He urged the court to declare that “the purported arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencing of persons/Nigerian citizens under the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 for an alleged offence unknown to law and violation of same, which cannot be grounds for criminal liability is a nullity.”

He also urged the court to hold that by virtue of the Court of Appeal’s pronouncement in the case of Faith Okafor vs Lagos State Govt. and ANOR on November 4, 2016, “a directive issued by a governor is not a law and violation of same cannot result in criminal liability.”

Justice Maureen Onyetenu adjourned to hear the suit on July 10.


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See reactions from celebrities as Baba Tee welcomes baby boy.

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Coming after popular Yoruba actor, Babatunde Bernard Tayo, popularly known as Baba Tee welcomed his first child after his third marriage, popular stars, Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham, Iyabo Ojo, Kunle Afod and others have taken to his comment section to congratulate him.

Noble Reporters Media earlier reported that Baba Tee took to his Instagram page to announce that his new wife has birth him a son.

He shared photos of her bare baby bump and wrote;

“Original kayeefi… Happy Fathers Day to me… Allah I thank you for giving me a Big Boy . Congratulations to you My Beautiful Wife For giving me My First Pride… Ose Iyawo mi , Ife mi… I love you “

“Original kayeefi… Allah, Thanks for giving me a Great Gift Ever… welcome my Son”


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Update: Funke Akindele react to death of Ibidunni Ighodalo

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Actress Funke Akindele has commented on the death of former beauty queen, Ibidun Ighodalo, wife of Pastor Ituah Ighodalo Pastor of Trinity House Church.

Ibidun, according to reports, died of a heart attack in her hotel room in Porth Harcourt.

Ituah and Ibidunni were married for 13 years before her sudden demise in the wee hours of Sunday.


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Funke Akindele cry out bitterly.


Popular Nollywood actress and Ceo Scene One Production, Funke Akindele Bello, has reacted to the brutal rape and killings of young girls that is trending all over social media, according to the actress, she is tired and sad about the worrisome situation.

Funke added that the recent killings, chaos, confusion, corruption, unemployment is making people live in fear, she however, took to her Instagram page, and wrote;

“Fed up!!! I’m so worried! Which way?”


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Hilarious: Funke Akindele Rocks Trending Corona Hairstyle. (Photo)


Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele has flaunted her new hairstyle just days after such was described as corona hairstyle by an international media house.

The hairstyle which has been around in Africa for a long time has suddenly become a trend due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The corona hairstyle makes the wearer’s head look like the depiction of COVID-19 which has killed thousands across the globe.

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A Kenyan hairdresser, Sharon Refa told Associated Press: “Some grown-ups don’t believe that the coronavirus is real, but then most young children appear keen to sanitise their hands and wear masks,” she said.

“So many adults do not do this, and that is why we came up with the ‘corona hairstyle”.

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Margret Adenya who rocks the corona hairstyle stated that it’s a cheap alternative to expensive hairstyles.

“This hairstyle is much more affordable for people like me who cannot afford to pay for the more expensive hairstyles out there and yet we want our kids to look stylish,” said Margaret.

A mother, Mariam Rashid, 26, said “Covid-19 has destroyed the economy, taken our jobs from us, and now money is scarce.

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‘I, therefore, decided to have my child’s hair done up like this at an affordable 50 shillings, and she looks good.

“The hairstyle also helps in communicating with the public about the virus,” she added.

Funke Akindele rocks Corona hairstyle

Without concern about the new name the hairstyle bears, Funke Akindele shared a picture showing her rocking it.

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She captioned the picture with hashtags #ajankokolo #puffpuff which shows the original name of the hairstyle.

She wrote: “Hair on lockdown! #ajankokolo #puffpuff #iamnotmyhair #borrowmehair #jenifasdiary #sceneonetv #funkeakindele #funkeakindelebello”.


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I and my partner don’t have sex in relationship – Former Jenifa’s Diary 3 Actress.


Jenifa’s Diary actress, Juliana Oloyede has revealed that there is nothing like s*x in the relationship between her and her partner.

In an Instagram live chat, the actress stated that people find it hard to believe that relationship without s*x can exists.

According to Juliana Oloye who revealed that she’s not a virgin, she decided to embark on a s*xual purity journey after she realized that she could change and make things right again.

She said, “Some of us that are promoting this movement are not virgins.

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“In my book, I told people I’m not a virgin. I lost my virginity to my music teacher, that’s a long story that I don’t even want to go into.

“That’s why it was so much of a controversy when I said that I am an advocate of s*xual purity.

“Because it dawned on me that just because you made a particular mistake doesn’t mean you can’t change.

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“When I tell people that I’m in a relationship in which we don’t have sx, they are like ‘you don’t have sx? What are you even doing there?’.

“People feel like it is impossible to be in a relationship leading to marriage and not have s*x”.


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How Funke Akindele handle community service question from troll will shock you.

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Actress Funke Akindele has refused to disclose how far she has gone with the community service duty she was sentenced to by a court in Lagos.

Funke Akindele bagged the sentence after she threw a party at her Ibeju Lekki residence with singer Naira Marley and over 50 people present.

The actress was arrested after a social media outcry over the likelihood of a spread of coronavirus due to the flouting of the restriction order in Lagos by the actress’s decision to throw a party with that much guests.

A Twitter user who is yet to forget about the whole incident decided to find out if she has completed the sentence she was given.

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He tweeted: “Lady, have you finished your community duty?”

Funke Akindele responded by using a Yoruba term to describe his poke nosing attitude. She said, “Elenu gboro”.


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[Nigeria] Don Jazzy Reveal His Respect For Funke Akindele. #WCW


Don Jazzy has applauded actress Funke Akindele-Bello for owning up to her mistake after her faceoff with the Lagos state government.

Recall that the actress and her hubby, JJC Skillz, were arraigned before an Ogba Magistrate court by the state government for holding a house party in their Amen estate home on April 5 despite the social distancing order. Funke acknowledged her mistake and thereafter apologised to Nigerians.

In a post shared this morning, Don Jazzy says he has more respect for her for making such a mistake and owning up to it.

‘‘#WCW I have always admired your talent and hard work but I have more respect for you now as a person. You made a mistake and you owned it. This takes courage and you have shown all of us that you are courageous. As humans, we must make mistakes. Only God is perfect. My prayer everyday is that I don’t make a mistake that will cost me my life or reputation.

You have made yours and the whole world has seen. Thankfully, it didn’t cost you your life or anyone else’s. Just a tiny reputational damage that in my opinion you have already restored because you have paid the price with jara on top. If you dey shame, stop am o, because as TuBaba talk, “nobody holy pass”. I pray that henceforth, you continue to be the good example that you have always been to us all. Amen. One more thing, I don dey act now o. Tenks! #IDJA cc @funkejenifaakindele” he wrote


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All of you are mad – Peter Okoye blast Funke Akindele, JJC, others over disobeying STAY-AT-HOME measure.


Following Funke Akindele and her husband’s prosecution, Nigerian singer, Paul Okoye has expressed his bitterness at the way the case was judged at the court.

Recall with NobleReporters that Funke Akindele and her husband, JJC was taken to court on 7th of April, 2020 after being arrested for flouting the lockdown directive.


They were fined N100,000 naira each and sentenced to community service for 14 days.

Moments after the sentence, Paul Okoye in a live video stated that all police and journalists at the court room also flouted the same rule they were sentencing Funke Akindele and her husband for.

Paul in his words, described the police and journalists as “fools and idiots”. He also said “all of them are supposed to pay 1 million naira each and go to 10 years in jail”.


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Nigerian lawyer argue why Funke Akindele, others conviction cannot stand in law.


A Nigerian lawyer has explained why Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz’s conviction for violating a lockdown order issued by the Lagos state government, cannot stand in law.

Recall that we reported earlier that the couple were handed a fine of N100,000 each and also sentenced to 14 days community service, three hours per day excluding Saturday and Sunday.

Constitutional Lawyer, Inibehe Effiong who reacted to the development pointed out the flaws in the law which aided the conviction.

He wrote;

Why The Conviction Of Funke Akindele Cannot Stand In Law


INTRODUCTION:


The trial and conviction of actress Funke Akindele and her husband is legally flawed. The fact that they pleaded guilty does not foreclose a discussion on the case because the flaws that I intend to highlight are constitutional and jurisdictional in nature. Issues of jurisdiction can be raised at any time.

I have read the following: The Charge Sheet filed by the office of the Attorney General of Lagos State against Funke and her husband; the Public Health Law Cap. P16 Vol. 9 Laws of Lagos State, 2015; and the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

I submit that Funke Akindele and her husband (the defendants) were convicted for a non-existent offence. The charge sheet shows that the two defendants were arraigned on a one count charge for gathering with more than twenty persons contrary “to the social distancing directives of Mr. Governor of Lagos State.”


DEFENDANTS CHARGED FOR AN OFFENCE THAT IS UNKNOWN TO LAW:


The charge sheet against the defendants also state that the said social distancing directive contravened by the defendants was issued by the Governor in line with the regulations made by the Governor pursuant to the Public Health Law. In other words, the defendants were not charged under the Quarantine Act.

They were charged under Section 58 of the Public Health Law of Lagos State. For clarity, Section 58 of the Public Health Law cited in the charge sheet provides as follows:

“For any contravention of the provisions of this Law or any Regulation made under this Law for which no other penalty is provided, the offender commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000.00) or to any non-custodial sentence and if a corporate body, to a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00).”

The defendants were convicted for gathering with more than twenty persons. The material question is: is it an offence under the Public Health Law or Infectious Disease Regulations to do so? There is no provision under the Public Health Law or Infectious Disease Regulations that makes gathering with more than twenty persons a criminal offence.

The Infectious Disease Regulations purport to give the Governor the power to issue the social distancing directive. The legal defect in the directive on gathering is that it cannot be the basis for criminal liability. A subsidiary legislation like the Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 derives its authority and validity from a substantive law (the principal legislation). The regulations cannot extend such authority.

Since the Quarantine Act and the Public Health Law of Lagos State specifically limit offences to contravention of regulations made by the governor, it is outright illegality to charge Funke Akindele and her husband for contravening a directive of the Governor (which is outside the regulations itself). See Din V. Attorney-General of the Federation (1988) 4 NWLR (Pt.87) 147.

An act or omission is only a crime if it is so prescribed in a written law. By virtue of Section 36 (12) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), every person is guaranteed the fundamental right not to be convicted unless the offence is defined and the penalty is prescribed in a written law. It states as follows:

“Subject as otherwise provided by this Constitution, a person shall not be convicted of a criminal offence unless that offence is defined and the penalty therefor is prescribed in a written law, and in this subsection, a written law refers to an Act of the National Assembly or a Law of a State, any subsidiary legislation or instrument under the provisions of a law.”

Let me reiterate that the Governor’s social distancing directive that restrict gathering in Lagos State which the defendants purportedly contravened is not an Act of the National Assembly, or a Law of the Lagos State House of Assembly, neither is it a subsidiary legislation or an instrument under the provisions of the law.

Therefore, by the authority of Section 36 (12) of the Constitution, and the Supreme Court decision in Aoko V. Fagbemi & Ors. (1961) 1 All NLR 400, the conviction of Funke Akindele and her husband is unconstitutional.

As I contended earlier, there is no provision in the Public Health Law of Lagos State or the Infectious Disease Regulations that makes a gathering of more than twenty persons or any gathering for that matter a criminal offence.

Regulation 8(1)(a) of the Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 cited in the charge sheet against the defendants provides thus:

8(1) “The Governor may –

(a) restrict or prohibit the gathering of persons in the Local Area, such as conferences, meetings, festivals, private events, religious services, public visits, and such other events, save where the written approval of the Governor is obtained for such gathering.”

The above provision does not codify any offence. It only empowers the governor to restrict or prohibit gathering. The Infectious Disease Regulations 2020 should have expressly and specifically prescribed that gathering is restricted and prohibited in Lagos State before it can be relied upon to convict a violator in line with Section 36 (12) of the Constitution.

Since neither the Public Health Law of Lagos State nor the Infectious Disease Regulations has prescribed that gathering is an offence, the purported directive of Governor Sanwo-Olu remains an advisory.

The Court of Appeal in the case of Faith Okafar V. Governor of Lagos State & Anor. (2016) LPELR-41066 (CA) made it abundantly clear that the directive or order of a governor is not a law and that violation of same cannot result in criminal liability.


COMPETING REGULATIONS AND DOCTRINE OF COVERING THE FIELD:


The Infectious Disease Regulations was made by Governor Sanwo-Olu pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act Cap. Q2 LFN 2004 and the Public Health Law of Lagos State. However, Section 8 of the Quarantine Act only empowers the governor to make such regulations where the President fails to do so.

On 30th March, 2020, President Buhari issued the COVID-19 Regulations. In his regulations, the President made specific provisions restricting movement and imposing a lockdown in Lagos State. By the constitutional doctrine of covering the field, the regulations made by Governor Sanwo-Olu went into abeyance the moment the regulations made by President Buhari came into effect. Both cannot coexist.

The doctrine of covering the field was applied in the case of Attorney General of Ogun State V. Attorney General of the Federation (1982) 1-2 S.C. (Reprint) 7. where the Supreme Court per Fatayi-Williams, JSC, declared that the Public Order Act 1979 repealed all existing State laws on public order.


THE GOVERNOR HAS NO POWER TO MAKE REGULATIONS UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW:


It should be further noted that under Section 53 of the Lagos State Public Health Law, the power to make regulations pursuant to that law is expressly vested in the Commissioner for Health; not in the governor. This raises more serious legal questions on the validity of the Infectious Disease Regulations issued by the governor.


REGULATIONS REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.


Section 1 (1) of the Regulations Approval Law Chapter R4 Laws of Lagos State 2015 unequivocally provides as follows:

“Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any Law in the State, no regulation shall have effect unless laid before and approved by the House of Assembly.”

Section 3 of the Regulations Approval Law further mandate that “all regulations made pursuant to the provisions of any enactment in the State shall be published in the Official Gazette after its approval by the House of Assembly.”

The inescapable consequence of the above condition stipulated in Section 1 (1) of the Regulations Approval Law is that the Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 issued by Governor Sanwo-Olu to tackle coronavirus pandemic has not taken effect since it is yet to be laid before and approved by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Since the charge against the defendants was brought under a regulation that has not been approved by the House of Assembly as required by law, the entire case – from the charge sheet, to arraignment, conviction and sentencing of Funke and her husband, is a nullity.

We cannot put something on nothing. This singular point is enough to nullify the conviction.


PUNISHMENT IMPOSED EXCEEDS THE LAW:


Apart from the above legal flaws, the punishment imposed on the defendants by the trial court is clearly overreaching and illegal. Section 58 of the Public Health Law of Lagos State under which Funke Akindele and her husband were convicted provides for only two forms of punishment. It provides as follows:

“For any contravention of the provisions of this Law or any Regulation made under this Law for which no other penalty is provided, the offender commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000.00) or to any non-custodial sentence and if a corporate body, to a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00).”

The trial court sentenced Funke Akindele and her husband to 14 days community service each, to start from 9.00am to 12 noon each day during which they are to sensitize the public on the COVID-19 pandemic in ten major areas of the state. They are also to pay a fine of N100, 000 each after which they would observe the period for isolation.

The implication of the expression “OR” as used in Section 58 of the Public Health Law is that the court can either impose a fine or a non-custodial sentence; the trial court cannot impose both.

The 14 days community service cum public enlightenment and the self-isolation imposed on Funke Akindele and her husband can be regarded as a non-custodial sentence. It was wrong for the trial court to additionally impose a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00) on each of the defendants.

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Nkechi Blessing react to Funke Akindele’s arrest – says…

…you can never be wrong in my sight


Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing has taken to her social media handle to react to the recent sentencing of her colleague, Funke Akindele.

Recall with NobleReporters that Funke Akindele-Bello was arrested, charge, pleaded guilty and sentenced by a Lagos Court over the house party hosted in her house to celebrate her husband’s birthday on Saturday at their Amen Estate residence.


The actress apologized and explained the reasons behind her action after she received heavy bashing online.

Taking to Instagram, her Nollywood colleague, Nkechi Blessing shared a photo of her colleague with the caption;

“In my own eyes, you can never be wrong🙏🏻 After all the explanation? It’s well✌…Love and light Maami

https://www.instagram.com/nkechiblessingsunday/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_mid=A5D82953-61E7-4AEC-B741-DEA2276E6E9D


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