A Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned the hearing of a suit challenging the conviction of popular actress, Funke Akindele, her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello (JJC Skillz), and 236 others to July 10.
Olukoya Ogungbeje, a lawyer is seeking a declaration that the law upon which Akindele and others were convicted was inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.
Akindele and others were arrested, tried and convicted for violating the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.
But Ogungbeje is arguing that the arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencing of the Akindele and others lack legal backing.
The legal practitioner insists 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.
He cited an Appeal Court’s decision in 2016 involving Faith Okafor vs Lagos State.
Ogungbeje submitted that a violation of such regulation could not result in criminal liability.