Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has appealed to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, to grant state pardon to popular actress and Nollywood icon, Mrs. Funke Akindele-Bello.
While speaking with journalists in court today at Ogba, after the proceedings that terminated the charges brought against Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi and Azeez Fashola (Naira Marley), 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, moreso 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 Bellos.
“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 said.
The senior lawyer added 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.
Funke Akindele was arrested on Monday after staging a birthday party for her husband, JJC Skillz.
The couple later pleaded guilty at a Lagos Magistrates Court and were sentenced to community service and fined 100,000 each.