The charges against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) politician Babatunde Gbadamosi, his wife, Folashade, and musician Afeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley) were dropped by Lagos State when they appeared in court for prosecution.
Gbadamosis and Fashola were charged with flouting the Movement Restriction and Stay at Home Order of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Social Distancing Order given by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos.
The three suspects were docked before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court.
However, the charges were not read to them as the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Yhaqub Oshoala, said the state intended to ‘step down’ the charges due to advice from the state Attorney-General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).
Oshoala said the state was not a “persecutor but a prosecutor”.
He, however, gave three conditions to the defendants for withdrawal of the charges.
“The first condition is that they should individually offer a personal apology to the president and governor; the second is that they must give an undertaking to comply with the COVID-19 regulations, and the third, they must go into self-isolation for 14 days and report back to the court,” he said.
Mr Wale Akoni (SAN) represented Babatunde Gbadamosi, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) represented Folashade, while Ms Damilola Ayinde-Marshall represented Fashola.
All the defendants through their counsels accepted the conditions following the submission of the DPP.
The DPP applied to withdraw the charges.
Akoni expressed appreciation to the state and confirmed to the court that his client accepted the conditions.
Thanking the court also, Adegboruwa said, “On behalf of the third defendant (Folashade), I express appreciation to His Excellency, Mr President, and the governor, the attorney-general, the DPP and his team, the police and, most of all, the court.
“The third defendant is a law-abiding citizen and accepts all that three conditions as stipulated by the DPP.”
Ayinde-Marshall, Fashola’s counsel, thanked the president, the governor of Lagos, the police and the DPP.
“My client is a law-abiding citizen and a strict supporter of government policies. We undertake that we will fulfill the conditions,” he said.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, ordered that the defendants should communicate their acceptance of the conditions through the Legal Section of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
Aje-Afunwa adjourned the case April 9 for mention.
Meanwhile, music crooner, Adekunle Temitope a.k.a Small Doctor has handed himself over to the police for breach of the social distance regulations imposed on the state by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.