The Nigerian Army has released Nollywood comic actor Chiwetalu Agu unconditionally.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria’s made this known in a statement posted on their Instagram page on Friday.
The statement disclosed the veteran actor was released Friday morning after he was arrested by soldiers for wearing Biafra regalia.
The statement reads in part: “The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has secured the release of actor Chiwetalu Agu from the custody of the Nigerian Army.”
“The Senior special Assistant on Military Affairs and Inter Governmental Relations to the President Steve Eboh who confirmed the release from the Army Barracks in Enugu thanked the High Command of the Nigerian Army for their cooperation and understanding in the matter.”
“The National President also commended the efforts of the leadership of the pan Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo for their collaborative efforts on the matter.”
Why We Arrested Chiwetalu Agu – Nigerian Army
Meanwhile, AGN president has denied earlier statement credited to him on the arrest of the veteran Actor, saying “he has not made any official public or private statement on the matter since his arrest yesterday.” He advised the public to disregard the report which trended on social media on the matter.
A picture of Agu where he was captured in camera with two representatives from AGN, Steve Eboh and another colleague is all over the internet.
Eboh in an interview with BBC Igbo, confirmed the release of Agu by the army, but said the veteran actor was handed over to the Department for State Service where he is requested to sign some papers before he can be allowed to go home finally.
The AGN president Rollas had earlier hinted that the guild was doing everything to secure Agu’s release.
He was reportedly carrying out some charity work with the less privileged around Upper Iweka Bridge in Onitsha, Anamabra State when the soldiers arrested him.
In their statement after arresting the actor, the Nigerian Army said that the actor was arrested “while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra”.
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