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Covid-19 Violation: Lagos Gov’t pardons Funke Akindele, husband

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has granted state pardon to popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele popularly known as Jenifa, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz, who were convicted and sentenced to community service for holding a crowded house birthday party in April in breach of government’s COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, in a statement quoted the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), as stating that the governor acted pursuant to Section 212 (1) & (2) of the 1999 Constitution.

He added that Sanwo-Olu granted the state pardon to the couple on the advice of the state’s Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, it revealed that the governor also, on the same advice, granted amnesty to 56 inmates from various correctional centres in the state and ordered their release.

 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 enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime.

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