Nigerian army releases Chiwetalu Agu after 24 hours in detention

The ace Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu who has been in detention for nearly 24 hours has been released by the Nigerian army.

The news of his release has been confirmed to newsmen on Friday by national secretary of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (ACN), Abubakar Yakubu.

Recall that Chiwetalu was arrested on Thursday in Onitsha by soldiers for wearing an outfit themed after the separatist state.

Locals in the south-eastern state of Anambra who witnessed the incident had claimed the army publicly manhandled Chiwetalu, searched his vehicle, and fired shots to scare off the crowd that gathered.

Reacting to the development, the army had refuted claims of assaulting the comic actor.

It also clarified that Chiwetalu was arrested after he publicly displayed his solidarity for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed separatist group.

The AGN had earlier revealed that it was closely monitoring the case and working towards the actor’s release after visiting him.

Yakubu, while confirming his eventual release, said it was a collaborative effort between Emeka Rollas, the national president of the AGN; and Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, an apex socio-cultural group in the southeast.

“The AGN’s national president secured his release. This is confirmed by the senior special assistant to the president on military and inter-governmental affairs. We want to thank the military for their understanding,” he said.


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