The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and Dettol Nigeria have reacted to the arrest of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, stating that she is not an ambassador to NCDC.
The actress was arrested by operatives of Lagos State Police Command for flouting the social distancing order issued by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, by organising a birthday party for her husband, JJC Skillz,at their home in Ibeju-Lekki on Saturday, 4th of April, 2020, involving over 20 persons.
Dettol Nigeria, on Monday, stated that on Twitter that it “does not condone any breach of the guidelines on Covid-19.”
“We have been made aware through social media that Funke Akindele recently, acting in her personal capacity, had a celebration which is against the caution to the public on social distancing during the covid-19 pandemic.
“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,” Dettol Nigeria tweeted.
This is coming weeks after Akindele had emphasised the need for proper hygiene as well as social distancing in a coronavirus video campaign sponsored by Dettol Nigeria.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control quoted Dettol Nigeria’s tweet and stated that it had not engaged brand ambassadors as part of its approach to fight coronavirus. The agency emphasised that all Nigerians should practise social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disese.
“As an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, NCDC has not engaged brand ambassadors as part of our response to #COVID19.
“We continue to emphasise that all Nigerians maintain #socialdistancing to prevent the spread of #COVID19 #StayHomeStaySafe,” NCDC tweeted.