The Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC and Dettol Nigeria, have both reacted after the Lagos state police command this evening arrested actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, for violating the Lockdown order in Lagos state.
Recall the Lagos State Government, in its effort to contain the spread of coronavirus, banned any gathering of more than 20 persons. However, Funke Akindele, who was used by the aforementioned to sensitize her fans and Nigerians on good practices that can help curb the pandemic, seemed to have flouted the rules after she held a houseparty to celebrate her husband, JJC Skillz birthday.
She was picked up by men of the Lagos state police command this evening while her husband, singer Naira Marley have been asked to come forward for questioning.
Shortly after the news of her arrest broke, Dettol Nigeria on its Twiter page, said as a responsible organization, it does not condone any breach of the guidelines on Covid-19 and are concerned about the turn of events. NCDC on its part said it has not engaged brand ambassdors as part of its response to COVID-19.
Dettol in a statement on its social media page stressed that the advert with Funke Akindele is a collaboration to help NCDC educate communities about the spread of Coronavirus.
The tweet read: “The NCDC partnered with Dettol on a public service message to educate our communities about preventive measures against COVID-19. Funke is not a brand ambassador of the NCDC.
“As a responsible organization and brand Dettol does not condone any breach of the guidelines on Covid-19. As an organization we are concerned at the turn of events.
“We will continue to support NCDC and the Nigerian govt to fight COVID-19.”
NCDC in a post on its Twitter page said the agency has not engaged any brand ambassador as part of its response to Covid-19.
The tweet read:
“As an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, NCDC has not engaged brand ambassadors as part of our response to Covid-19.
“We continue to emphasise that all Nigerians maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of #COVID19.Stay home and stay safe.”