” This is a play out of the rule of law, nobody is above the law and I hope Nigerians will learn from the entire scenario”.
These were the words of Bolaji Amusan, National President, Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) on Monday.
He was reacting to the travails of celebrity actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, now being prosecuted for violating the laws on social distancing.
He said the experience of the actress should teach and every Nigerian a lesson, not necessarily those being prosecuted.
Describing the embattled actress as outstanding, law abiding, easy going and hardworking, in an interview he granted NAN, he said it was however unfortunate that she went against the law.
” It is unfortunate this is happening to Funke, she is an easy-going fellow, hardworking and law abiding.
” She has never been of unruly behaviour, it is really painful for me, but there is nothing we can do, but to go in line with court ruling.
” She has built a reputable image over the years, this should serve as lesson to all.
” This is a play out of the rule of law, nobody is above the law and I hope Nigerians will learn from the entire scenario,” he said.
Funke and her husband Abdulrasheed Bello were arraigned before a Lagos State Magistrate Court on Monday for flouting social distancing regulation, and sentenced after they pleaded guilty.
Akindele and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, were each fined N100,000 by the Chief Magistrates’ Court, presided by Yewande Aje-Afunwa.
Describing their action as reckless, she also ordered that they should serve 14-day community service amongst other sanctions.