Top Nigerian celebrities have reacted to the arrest of popular Nollywood actor, Chiwetelu Agu in Upper Iweaka market, Anambra State, yesterday.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that actors like Walter Anga, Emeka Rollas, the Actors Guild of Nigeria Chairman and Social Commentator, Reno Omokri have all reacted to the news of his arrest.
Actor Walter Anga reacted to the decision of the Nigerian Army to arrest veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu, for spotting an outfit that had the Biafran flag on it.
Reacting via his IG page, a displeased Anga wrote:
”A man that has spent almost his lifetime putting smile’s in every home even when you the man is out there struggling to put food on the table for your family. Can this be done to any northerner? Northerners even go as much as wearing camo on the streets….Na God go judge una”
The Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas , said he doesn’t know why Chiwetelu Agu wore the Biafran flag attire.
Emeka Rollas added that Chiwetelu Agu should have known the security situation in the South East is not cool for such appearance. Read his words below:
“I don’t know why he put on Biafra regalia. The state is hot.” Rochas told Vanguard.
We are in talk with the military officials to ensure he is released. I heard they have taken him to 82 Division of the Nigeria Military base. We will do our best.“
The actor was arrested on Thursday, October 7 . He was taken 82 Division Enugu.
Reacting to the backlash from his fans and protest that rocked Upper Iweaka after Chiwetelu Agu’s arrest, the Nigerian Army has said he was arrested because he was soliciting support for IPOB members, a group that the Federal Government has proscribed .
Below is a statement released by Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations.
”Troops of Nigerian Army(NA) have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indegenous 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.
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.
While the NA would not allow IPOB and its sponsors to hold the region captive and allow the security situation to degenerate, it is instructive to restate that national interest supercedes any parochial consideration. Individuals or groups who fan the embers of violence are warned to desist or face the consequences of their actions. The ongoing Exercises are on course and will rid the region of all forms of criminality.
The peace loving and law abiding people of the South East are enjoined to please
go about their normal activities, as efforts are ongoing to bring perpetrators of violence to book. They are equally urged to continue to support the security agencies to restore normalcy to the region in furtherance of peace.”
Also reacting to the development is social commentator, Reno Omokri. Read his words below :
”Miyetti Allah hold press conferences to threaten revenge on Nigerians and make provocative statements to the effect that Southern Nigeria belongs to them. Yet soldiers and DSS dont arrest them.
Chiwetalu Agu wore a Biafran flag and was arrested. Where is the justice? In this same country, Sheikh Gumi has been campaigning for bandits and terrorists and singing their praises, and even telling them on camera that Christian soldiers are the ones killing them and thus they should not kill Muslims.
He is free as a bird, while Chiwetalu Agu was arrested? Nigeria can’t have peace without justice!”