PMAN boss condemns Funke Akindele-Bello for violating ‘Stay-at -Home’ order on COVID-19


The Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), on Monday, advised its  members to observe all the directives of the federal and state governments in the fight against  the spread of Coronavirus in Lagos State  and  the nation.
Its President, Obi Casmir, gave the advice while reacting to Funke Akindele-Bello’s  violation of the restriction orders by the Lagos State Government by  organising a  birthday party for her husband.
He said that Nigerians in general and entertainers in particular  should always obey government’s law and order.
Casmir said on Monday in Lagos that  it was not right for Funke  Akindele-Bello and  others  to have defied government’s  order, adding that nobody is above the law irrespective of status and personality.
“Its not right that after our government has given the order that people should  stay at home, maintain social distancing,  anyone, no matter your status, should go against it.
“It is funny that people are still taking this Coronavirus epidemic with laxity despite  the level of awareness and government’s preventive measures to stop its spread, some still shun the order.
“To me, it was a total wrong step taken  by Funke Akindele-Bello. She should have held a quiet-family-parlour party  to mark her husband’s  birthday, rather than go against the law,” he said.
He also said that he was disappointed  with the large number of persons in the entertainment industry present at where the birthday party was held.
According to him, the guests also committed same offence as  the hosts  they were equally expected to comply with the government’s directive of ‘Stay at Home’ and avoid social gathering, being  part of the measures against the spread of Coronavirus.
The PMAN president, popularly known as Voombastic Uncle P, appealed to the  members of the  entertainment industry and Nigetians in general to always be law abiding citizens.
However, Emeka Rollas, President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), declined to  comment on the development.
He said that  he was observing  all the measures and directives spelt out by the government and health officials against COVID-19.
Rollas said, “As a law abiding citizen, I am obeying the order of the Federal and the  state  governments, so no comment from me because I am on total lockdown.”
Mrs. Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, were on April 6 arraigned before a Lagos State Magistrate Court for flouting  the Lagos State Government’s stay-at-home order.
They, however, pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them.
They were fined N100,000 each and will serve 14 days community service.
Mrs. Akindele-Bello of Nigeria’s popular Soap Opera ‘Jennifer Diary’ was arrested by men of the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on April 5 for organising a house party, despite  the lockdown order by the government.


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