The Lagos State Government has withdrawn charges against controversial singer, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, and former gubernatorial candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi for violating the government’s order, which barred a public gathering of more 20 people.
Naira Marley, Gbadamosi and his wife were dragged to Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for attending a crowded birthday party hosted by popular actress, Funke Akindele in Amen Estate at Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
Their acts violated the government’s social distancing directive to check the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking to the pressmen after their arraignment, one of the defence counsel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) said the government decided to withdraw the charges after the singer and the politician agreed to tender an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for violating the directive to stay at home.
During proceedings, journalists and Naira Marley’s fans, popularly known as Marlians, who defied stay at home order were unable to gain access to the court premises.
Funke Akindele and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz were on Monday April 6, arraigned, before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court, Ogba.
The celebrity couple pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 14 days of community service, and a fine of N100,000 each.