SWITZERLAND, JUNE 15 – The Federal Capital Territory Administration on Sunday closed down Jabi Lake Mall indefinitely for violating the ban on large gatherings to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This decision was arrived at by the FCTA just a day after popular hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, AKA Naira Marley, held a concert at the mall on Saturday in contravention of the directive of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
In a tweet, the FCTA wrote “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,”
Recall that the artiste had earlier been arraigned by the Lagos State Government in April for attending a house party despite the restriction on movement and gatherings of more than 20 people
The government eventually dismissed the case after the Naira Marley wrote a letter of apology to the state government.
It was learnt that Naira Marley organised the “drive-in concert” at the mall, alongside a former housemate of BBNaija reality show, Kim Oprah who arrived in Abuja from Lagos despite the restriction on interstate movement and performed at the crowded event where attendees were seen to have disregarded social distancing, according to videos circulating online.
This evoked several scathing criticisms from social media users with many calling for disciplinary measures against the singer and his accomplice
A twitter user, @iyaboawokoya wrote, “I have never deprecated anything more than the appearance of that twerp @officialnairam1 on Nigerian scene of notoriety. If there is anything amoral, immoral, idiotic, debased, he is sure to pop up like the proverbial bad coin. Forget the culpability of others, the boy is bad.”
@lollypeezle tweeted “Naira marley was at Funke Akindele’s house during total lockdown. He was at Abuja during interstate ban. He performed at a concert even though it’s prohibited at the moment. Don’t tell me bullshit, that guy might look like a sickler but he get mind. No manners”
It is, however, not certain if any action has been taken against the musician who had arrived from Lagos on a chartered flight.