…as actress hires Falana for appeal
Lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has appealed to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, to grant popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and her husband, JJC Skillz, state pardon.
While speaking with journalists in court earlier on Thursday in Ogba, Lagos after the proceedings that quashed the charges brought against former ADP Lagos State Governorship Candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi and Singer, Azeez Fashola a.k.a. Naira Marley, he stated that since the State made the case in court yesterday that it was not out to persecute citizens, Akindele should be pardoned, since she has demonstrated remorse for her conduct.
He said that the state government should emulate the federal government who is granting amnesty to 2,600 prisoners and grant reprieve to Akindele as well as other citizens who were picked up for jogging on the streets during the lockdown.
Adegboruwa explained that the citizenry 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.
Meanwhile, Funke Akindele may have hired human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, in a bid to terminate her conviction for violating the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.
The law is targeted at minimising public gatherings in an effort to curb the further spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a report by Vanguard Newspaper, Falana hinted at this when asked to comment on whether the celebrity couple will be tagged ex-convicts.
“Your request unfortunately, cannot be met because I am involved in the matter.
“She (Funke Akindele) has already briefed me and once the lockdown is over, we are likely to go to court.
“So, I don’t want to be seen as pre-empting what we are going to do,” he said.