Top Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and husband, Abdulrasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz have now been convicted after they were found guilty of breaching the Lagos Infection Disease Regulation of 2020 which authorizes one month jail term or N100, 000 fine or both for accused person(s) if found guilty.
The Jenifer’s Diary actress had last Saturday thrown a house party in celebration of her husband’s birthday at their private residence at Gbadamosi Close, inside Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos.
Following their reckless action the Lagos State Police Command effected an arrest of the actress and subsequently arraignment followed at a Chief Magistrates Court in Ogba, Lagos where she and her husband both pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 14 days Community Service.
Funke Akindele’s arrest and conviction further exposes the shallowness of the actress, her husband and her team of handlers.
Aside their lack of discretion, the Bellos are either stingy or adamant to hiring professional media and legal advisers whose duties would have been to advise them appropriately on the precarious nature of the time we are living in before throwing that ‘insensitive’ birthday party.
On the other hand, after the mistake was made, they again did not seek good legal advice or legal aid from professionals who would have probably advised them accordingly on the next line of action.
It’s not rocket science that Funke Akindele stuck a six inches long nail right in her own head with the hard evidence she handed her prosecutor; a video where she publicly apologized to her fans and the government over her indiscreet house party which she posted online.
That was the clincher for the Lagos State Government.
Should she have suck professional legal counsel, she probably would have been advised against a public apology and the government probably would have had a hard time going into a legal brawl, especially with a good lawyer on her side.
Again, the deed has been done, what do all these portend for Funke AKindele and husband?
The conviction of Funke Akindele may have done her more harm than good. First, her record is now dainted as she is now enlisted among convicted citizens in Nigeria and after her community service; she could be henceforth referred to as ex-convict.
Being an ex-convict comes with many stigmas in the immediate and larger society.
Not only can Mrs. Bello not nurse a political ambition anymore, the she may also lose some of her major endorsement which will create a big hole in her savings.
Again, in some cases being an ex-convicted may mean losing international citizenship of some countries with strict immigration regulations.
In any case, being an ex-convict is no good for Funke Akindele as a senior citizen and except for a clemency that may be the case for a long time