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Court Rules On Lawsuit Challenging Funke Akindele And Husband’s Covid -19 Conviction

 

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has struck out a suit seeking to dismiss the conviction of Funke Akindele and her husband JJCSkillz over the violation of Covid -19 lockdown regulations.

Recall that the actress and her husband were convicted and sentenced to 14 days of community service by a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ogba on April 6, 2022.

However, a Lagos lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje filed a suit which called into question the constitutionality of the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations.

In the suit marked FHC/L/CS/588/2020, Ogungbe cited Lagos State government, Attorney-General of Lagos State, Commissioner of Police Lagos State and the Inspector-General of Police as respondents.

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However, Adebayo Haroun, counsel to Lagos State government and the Attorney General opposed the suit maintaining that Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, 2004 allows the governor to make the regulations where the President of Nigeria had not made such regulations.

Passing judgement on the case, Justice Aluko said; “In total, I hold that this suit has disclosed no reasonable cause of action against the Respondents.

“The instant suit is incompetent and the court lacks jurisdiction to adjudicate over same.

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“Accordingly, this suit is hereby struck out for those reasons.”