The Lagos State Government has withdrawn all charges filed against the singer, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and former governorship candidate of Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi who were alleged to have flouted the state’s COVID-19 stay at home order by the Federal Government.
Both men alongside the politician’s wife were among others who attended the birthday party of Ace Nollywood celebrity, Funke Akindele-Bello on Sunday, April the 5th whilst there had been a lockdown in State since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the defence counsel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), who spoke to journalists after their arraignment, said the government decided to withdraw the charges after the singer and the politician agreed to tender an apology to the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for flouting the directive to stay at home.
Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband were both arrested, charged to court and sentenced to 14 days of community service. They were also fined N100,000 each.
Naira Marley and others who attended the birthday party were declared wanted by the authorities and asked to report themselves to the state government on April 6th, after they were found to have flouted the stay at home order by attending the party
The incident had generated reactions from Nigerians across various social media platforms many of whom are unhappy with the Star and hubby for organizing a party in times like this, others have blamed the court session which they say was roudy and overcrowded which was also found to have contravened the stay at home order