Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has granted state pardon to Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, for their breach of COVID-19 protocol.
The state ministry of justice commissioner, Moyosore Onigbanjo, in a statement said the governor also approved the release of 56 inmates from various correctional centres and granted state pardon to the actress and her husband.
Onigbanjo said Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Recall that the chief magistrates’ court sitting in Ogba sentenced the couple after they pleaded guilty to a one-count charge preferred against them by the state government when they hosted a birthday party at their residence at 9 Gbadamosi Close, Amen Estate, Abijo, Lekki, Lagos.
The commissioner, however, said their pardon and release of the 56 inmates was recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of the offense, old age and ill-health among other parameters.
The attorney-general enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime.
The eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by Dr. Abayomi Finnih was inaugurated by Governor Sanwo-Olu in December 2019.