The Nigerian Army confirms arrest of Nollywood Actor, Chiwetalu Agu, at Onitsha for soliciting support for Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).
An eye witness captured the arrest and brutalisation of the popular actor at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, as he was trying to drive away with his bus.
Agu wore the long gown with a bold inscription of the defunct Biafran flag. He has been flaunting the dress of late in the media to signal his sympathy for IPOB.
Consequently, he was dragged out of the bus and manhandled by two soldiers who had earlier accosted him.
The soldiers thereafter shot into the air to scare off a crowd that gathered to express outrage at the assault.
Nigerian Army spokesperson accused the actor of “inciting members of the public and soliciting support for the proscribed …. IPOB.”
“Chinwetalu Agu has clearly demonstrated uncharitable disposition to negate peace and security in the region,” the spokesperson, Brig. General Onyema Nwachukwu said.
Here’s the army statement below.
Chiwetalu Agu, veteran Nollywood actor and producer is also a comedian.
He is the winner in the first ever Nollywood Movie Awards 2012 for for his role in Nkwocha. His nomination was in the “best actor in an indigenous movie: non English speaking language’ category.
The Enugu born actor has delighted Nigerian home movie audiences worldwide with his peculiar local idioms, slangs and phrases.
Army arrest Nollywood actor