Jabi Lake Mall Sealed Indefinitely For Hosting Naira Marley Drive-In Concert
Jabi Lake Mall Sealed Indefinitely For Hosting Naira Marley Drive-In Concert: The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has sealed Jabi Lake Mall for violating the ban on public gatherings.
Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, revealed this on Twitter on Sunday. The Federal Capital Territory Administration also announced its decision to lock up the mall on Sunday afternoon via Twitter.
“The FCT Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 seals up Jabi Lake Mall indefinitely for violating Presidential Task Force’s directives on the ban on public gatherings as part of measures to contain the spread of the dreaded pandemic in the territory” it tweeted.
The action followed the judgment of a Mobile Court sitting in Jabi and presided over by Magistrate Idayat Akonni.
“Asides violating the rules of social distancing and the use of face masks in public places, the concert breached the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in the territory…” the authorities said.
The event had attracted a wave of public backlash with many residents accusing the government including Aviation authorities of double standards. In her ruling, the magistrate ordered that the mall be sealed for two weeks.
Afro Hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, held a concert at Jabi mall on Saturday with ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Kim Oprah as the event anchor, in contravention of the directive of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.
The concert was put together by Play Network Africa, Traffic Bar, El’Carnival, and was sponsored by Glenfiddich. Nairabox and Ariiya sold the concert’s tickets for N20,000 and N250,000.
Naira Marley and Oprah shared videos of themselves inside a private jet owned by Jetlyfe, en route Abuja and upon arriving in the federal capital. A flier advertising the concert which was shared on Instagram on Saturday by the organizers and Oprah indicated that it was meant to be a drive-through.
But this was not the case as videos circulating on social media show Naira Marley performing on stage before a crowd at the venue.
But the organizers said they instructed the crowd to go back to their cars before Naira Marley mounted the stage and have proof to back their claims. This has sparked outrage on social media with many comparing their actions to that of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, who was on April 6, arrested and fined for hosting a party in her Lekki home in violation of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Many Nigerians have also taken to social media to criticize Naira Marley, Oprah, and the organizers of the concert, Play Network. They have set Twitter on fire, claiming that people should be sacked. Some even blamed the government for being partial in the issue, adding that justice was meted out on Funke Akindele when she violated the rule but till now, nothing has been done to the offending parties.
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