The Lagos State Government has granted pardon to actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, for breaching COVID19 lockdown regulations.
The Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, made this known in a statement on Friday, said that the couple was granted pardon because they were non-custodial convicts and also 56 inmates from various correctional Centres were granted state pardon.
“A statement signed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Mr. Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the statement read in part.
“The 56 released inmates were recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of offence, old age and ill-health among other parameters.
“The Attorney General has also enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime,” he said in his statement.
On April 6, 2020, Funke Akindele and husband were sentenced to 14 days of community service and fined N200, 000 for hosting house party during lockdown.