He’s an IPOB supporter – Army defends arrest of Nollywood actor ‘Chinwetalu Agu

The Nigerian Army has said Nollywood Actor, Chiwetalu Agu, was arrested for soliciting support for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Daily Trust had reported how the veteran actor was arrested in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Wednesday.

Reports of his arrest had triggered outrage on social media.

In a statement on Thursday, Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesman, said Agu was nabbed while inciting people.

Denying reports that the actor was assaulted, Nwachukwu said Agu is currently being questioned.

Troops of Nigerian Army(NA) have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indeigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).”

“Dressed in a very well known attire of the proscribed group, Chiwetalu Agu was picked up for questioning while inciting members of the public to join the proscribed group. Though he attempted putting up some resistance when troops made effort to take him into custody, he was not assaulted or subjected to brutalization.

“While the NA recognizes the inalienable rights of the citizenry to freedom of movement and expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is apparently a violation for any individual or group to incite the public to cause mayhem or break down of law and order. It is therefore pertinent to state that while exercising such freedoms, it must be done within the confines of the law, bearing in mind the imperative for peace, and national security.

“For the avoidance of doubt and emphasis, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) remains proscribed . Therefore, any individual or group seen to be projecting and advancing the cause or activities of the group is viewed as brazenly challenging the constitutionality of Federal Republic of Nigeria. More worrisome, was the fact that considering the prevailing security situation of the region, coupled with the ongoing Exercise GOLDEN DAWN , his action could be a tacit endorsement and support for the proscribed group. We have all witnessed the activities of the group take a violent dimension in recent times.

“Chinwetalu Agu has clearly demonstrated uncharitable disposition to negate peace and security in the region, hence, he is taken into custody for preliminary investigation. It is important to once again place on record that the allegation that he was brutalized is false and should be disregarded accordingly.

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