Biafra: How DSS, Soldiers Treated Me in Detention – Chiwetalu Agu Narrates Ordeal

Chinwetalu Agu, a veteran Nollywood actor, has described how he was treated after his arrest by members of the Nigerian Army and DSS operatives.

Agu stated that soldiers and DSS agents treated him with dignity while he was detained.

The 75-year-old actor was apprehended near Onitsha’s Upper Iweka Bridge in Anambra State.

Agu, who was carrying out charitable activity, was apprehended by soldiers because he was dressed in a Biafra-themed outfit.

He was, however, released but DSS rearrested.

Following his rearrest, DSS was said to have flown him to Abuja for further interrogation.

DSS released him following the intervention of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN.

Speaking on his release, activist lawyer, Mike Ozekhome said DSS released Agu after they searching his phone and found nothing incriminating.

Narrating his experience while in detention, Agu said no security operatives “touched” him.

Agu disclosed this at Enugu on Thursday during a welcome back event organized by AGN members.

The veteran actor said most of the security agents tried to familiarize themselves with him while in detention.

He said: “It didn’t start well but God took control. I was only buying bread for the poor. Soldiers came in and started scattering things. They said they are calling me in the office but they did not tell me my offence. Because they did not tell me my offence, I refused to follow them.

“That drama that took place was important so that they will know that Igbo are here. That moment of Upper Iweka till the time we got to the army barracks close to Zik Mausoleum, to 82 Division of the Nigerian Army and to DSS office in Abuja, nobody touched me. They treated me with respect.

“Every officer wanted to be involved in the case so that they can have opportunity to interact with Chinwetalu Agu.”


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