It has been claimed that Nollywood actor, Chinwetalu Agu is not yet free.
A Nigerian writer, Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu made the claim on social media. According to him, Agu is presently in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). Making the claim, he wrote: “Chiwetalu Agu is still not free.He is with DSS now. Colleagues say they are looking for a top lawyer to bail him,”
This comes after a video surfaced showing Agu alongside some actors after he was reportedly released on Friday by the army. Recall that he was arrested and brutalized in Anambra on Thursday for wearing a Biafran attire.
A statement put out by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu had said:
“Troops of Nigerian Army (NA) have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indigenous 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 puting 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.”
Watch earlier video of Chinwetalu Agu after his release by the Nigerian army: