The Nigerian army has released veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, who has been in detention for over 24 hours.
Abubakar Yakubu, National Secretary of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), disclosed the news of Agu’s release to journalists on Friday.
Agu was arrested Iweka bridge, Onitsha, on Thursday by soldiers for wearing an outfit with inscriptions of proscribed Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to eyewitnesses, the soldiers publicly manhandled Agu before he was arrested.
Speaking on his arrest, the Army had denied assaulting the comic actor. It also clarified that Agu was arrested after he publicly displayed his solidarity for the proscribed separatist group.
The AGN had earlier revealed that it was closely monitoring the case and working towards the actor’s release after visiting him.
Yakubu, while confirming his eventual release, said it was a collaborative effort between Emeka Rollas, the AGN National President and Ohaneze Ndi Igbo.
“The AGN’s national president secured his release. This is confirmed by the senior special assistant to the president on military and inter-governmental affairs. We want to thank the military for their understanding,” he said.
When asked for a comment, Agu said: “Keep supporting Nollywood. It’s the only hope we have to sustain both our public and private lives.”