Please Forgive Funke Akindele, Others Adegboruwa Begs Sanwoolu
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has appealed to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, to grant state pardon to Nollywood actress, Mrs Funke Akindele.
Adegboruwa (SAN) made the appeal while speaking with journalists at an Ogba Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, today, after the final withdrawal of the charges brought against Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi and Azeez Fashola (Naira Marley).
It would be recalled that Funke Akindele and his husband, Abdrasheed Bello popularly called JJC Skillz, were on Monday, arraigned before Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje- Afuwa led-Court, for disobeying the social contact directive of Lagos State, by organising a birthday party at their Eleko residence.
The couple had pleaded guilty to the charge and consequently sentenced to 14 days Isolation, 14 days Community service, while also ordered to present the names and telephone numbers of those that attended the party they organized.
In pleading for Funke and others, the human rights activist stated that since the State made the case in court yesterday that it was not out to persecute citizens, Akindele should be granted reprieve, more so that she has demonstrated remorse for her conduct.
He stated that since the Federal government is granting amnesty to 2,600 prisoners, the Governor should emulate this good gesture and show fatherly love to the Akindeles. “This should also be extended to all those arrested for jogging on the streets, as they could not have all set out deliberately to disobey the COVID 19 Regulation”,
Adegboruwa (SAN) also stated that “since we are facing a novel situation at hand, government should show some magnanimity to its citizens, as is being done all over the world. Nigerians have never been locked down for this long, without food or money and it is not proper to add to their woes with arrest and prosecution”.
He commended the steps so far taken by the government and urged all Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the government to end the scourge.