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Coronavirus: Nigerian actress Funke Akindele arrested for Lagos party amid lockdown

Prominent Nigerian actress Funke Akindele has been arrested after holding a celebration during the lockdown imposed to tackle coronavirus.

She was widely criticised online for the party in her Lagos mansion, held to celebrate the birthday of her husband.

Akindele has appeared in a very Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to boost awareness about coronavirus.

She defended the party, saying that everybody who was there had been living in her house for 2 weeks.

However, her tweet has since been deleted.

Those seen within the video include singer Naira Marley and actress Eniola Badmus, and a few Nigerians have questioned whether or not they are living with Akindele and her husband.

It is not clear what number people attended the event in Lagos, where all gatherings of over 25 people are banned.

Even if the limit wasn’t breached, the video, posted online by Akindele’s husband Abdul Rasheed Bello, called JJC Skillz, has been widely condemned for setting the incorrect example.

Lagos State police say they need intensified “efforts to arrest the remaining persons within the video”.

They have urged her husband, and Naira Marley, to report back to the police on Monday or “risk being declared wanted”.

Following the furore, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and cleaning products company Dettol have distanced themselves from Akindele, saying she hold no official ambassadorial position with them, despite appearing on the video they produced together.

They have both emphasised the requirement for social distancing.

Akindele is one among Nigeria’s best-known actresses and came to prominence for her series Jenifa’s Diary, broadcast on national TV.

A lockdown was imposed in Lagos, the neighbouring state of Ogun and also the capital, Abuja, last week so as to halt the spread of the virus.

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