Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, has called for the prosecution of the magistrate, who handled the trial of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, on Monday, for allowing too many persons into the courtroom.
Fani-Kayode stated that the magistrate and others who attended the court session should also be prosecuted for not observing social distancing, in the face of Coronavirus outbreak in the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, in a tweet, stated that Akindele and her husband, also known as JJC Skillz, should have been warned and not convicted, especially after she had shown remorse.
The popular actress and producer was arrested and arraigned by the Lagos State Police Command at an Ogba Magistrates’ Court, on one-count criminal charge of flouting the social distance directive, contrary to Regulations 8 and 17 of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Regulations, 2020.
Following their arraignment, both Akindele and her husband pleaded guilty to the charge.
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They were sentenced to 14-day community service, N100,000 fine, among others.
However, Fani-Kayode said the magistrate should also face trial for the same offence.
“The prosecution and conviction of Funke Akindele was overbearing & unnecessary. A warning would have been enough. This is especially so after she publicly expressed remorse. The court was crowded. Why don’t they prosecute those that were there as well, including the Magistrate?,” he wrote.