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Army releases Nollywood actor allegedly campaigning for IPOB

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

A Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, has been released from Army custody a day after he was arrested for putting on an outfit with semblance to the Biafran flag and allegedly campaigning for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The actor regain freedom 24 hours after the Nigerian Army arrested and detained him for allegedly wearing an outfit with Biafra inscriptions around Upper Iweka Bridge in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Agu’s release was confirmed by his colleague, Emeka Ike, on Friday through a post on his official social media handle where the actor was seen standing with two representatives from the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Ike disclosed that Agu was released following the intervention of the AGN and Nigerians that condemned the action and demanded his unconditional release.

Speaking after his release, Agu urged Nigerians not to desist from supporting the entertainment industry particularly Nollywood.

According to him, keep supporting Nollywood. It’s the only hope we have to sustain both our public and private lives.

The Nigerian Army in a statement said that the actor was arrested “while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra”.

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