Veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu has reportedly been apprehended by men of the Nigerian army for wearing a dress made in Biafran colours.
In a viral video shared online, the veteran actor was accosted by the military officers and ordered out of his Film Industry van before he was later harassed, dragged on the road and carried away by the soldiers.
In the video, of which we could not ascertain when it was recorded, the soldiers fired several gunshots to scare away the people that were gathering around the scene and took Chiwetalu Agu away to a yet to be confirmed location.
In the viral video, 65-year-old Agu is seen around Upper Iweka Bridge donning the Biafra outfit and walking near a green bus when two armed soldiers wrestle him to the ground and drag him.
It was gathered that the actor was in Onitsha on a charity mission where he regularly gifts the less privileged with food items when he was arrested by soldiers.
“He was sharing food with some less privileged persons at Upper Iweka when the soldiers approached him and arrested him. He was manhandled and arrested and taken to their barracks,” a source said.
Agu, who is a supporter of the Biafra cause, had, in several videos, criticised the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for marginalising Igbo.
Nigerian security forces have, in recent times, banned people from donning Biafra outfits, even as the South-East continues to face security challenges.
On Wednesday, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, threatened that the Federal Government would not hesitate to declare a state of emergency in Anambra if state of security does not improve.
Anambra holds its governorship election next month.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of the actor.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident, noting, “The command is aware of his arrest at Upper Iweka in Onitsha. But we don’t have details of why he was arrested.”
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