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NCDC pulls down advert with Funke Akindele from website

Actress Funke Akindele.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday pulled down from its website, Actress Funke Akindele’s Dettol advert in which she preached social distancing and improved personal hygiene, as public health advisory to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

This is coming shortly after Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, were seen on tape hosting scores of people in their home as they celebrated a birthday party.

It was gathered that singer, Naira Marley, actress, Eniola Badmus and a host of others were present at the house party which outrightly flouts the coronavirus lockdown directive issued by Governor of Lagos State, Babjide Sanwo-Olu.

The directive prescribes a one-month jail term or a fine of N100,000 for offenders who disregard the lockdown order.

The NCDC has also issued a released on its official Twitter page, clarifying that they haven’t engaged any ambassador as part of measures taken to combat COVID-19 and urged Nigerians to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

On its part, Dettol, the antiseptic brand directly associated with Akindele and partnered with NCDC put out a statement on Twitter saying that it doesn’t condone any breach of the guidelines on COVID-19 and spelt out that the actress flouted the law in her personal capacity.

However, it is unclear whether the brand has withdrawn its ambassadorial duties from her.

Akindele may spend a month in jail or pay a fine of N100,000 if found guilty.

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