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Convict: Funke Akindele, Husband Knows Fate July 10

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In about a week, thespian, Funke Akindele and her husband would know their fate on the cancelation of the conviction charges brought against them for violating the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

Recall that the actress and her husband were arrested, tried, and convicted for hosting a party at their Amen Estate home.

A Federal High Court in Lagos has now fixed July 10 to hear a suit challenging the legality of the conviction.

A Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje had approached the court seeking a declaration that the law upon which Akindele and others were convicted was inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

Ogungbeje, aver that the arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction, and sentencing of the Akindele and others is lacking in legal backing.

He said that the offence for which they were convicted was unknown to the law and could not be grounds for criminal liability.

“I have a duty to protect and defend the sanctity of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from any contravention or infraction,” the counsel said.

Citing an Appeal Court’s decisions in 2016 involving Faith Okafor vs Lagos State and another, Ogungbeje submitted that a violation of such regulation could not result in criminal liability.

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