October 12, (THEWILL) – As it did when the Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, was in the stronghold of the Nigerian Army in Enugu, the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), has successfully wrenched him free from the grips of the Department of State Service.
He was released after AGN’s mediation on Tuesday.
Agu himself reportedly poured gratitude on the guild and its leadership for sticking by him.
THEWILL had earlier reported that the Department of State Services flew him to Abuja to continue investigations for promoting Biafra and allegedly inciting members of the public.
Agu fell into trouble when he was first arrested by the Nigerian Army on October 7, 2021, around Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State, for publicly adorning a Biafra outfit.
The Army had accused him of soliciting support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, something he denied.
He was first moved from Anambra to Enugu and then to Abuja, where he remained incommunicado.
Agu, who has starred in several movies, including ‘Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story’, which is now showing on Netflix, has been a known supporter of the Biafra struggle.
Accusing it of marginalising his Igbo stock, Agu has been critical of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
AGN dropped what will be cheery news to Agu’s fans through a statement titled, “Chiwetalu Agu released to Actors Guild Of Nigeria.”
Signed by the AGN Communication Director, Monalisa Chinda, the statement said, “The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has yet again secured the release of Actor Chiwetalu Agu from the custody of the DSS.
“On behalf of the Guild, I was at the DSS office with my colleague, the Senior special Assistant on Military Affairs and Inter Governmental Relations to the President Steve Eboh to receive Mr. Agu today.
“The elated veteran Actor thanked God for surviving the ordeal and commended the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria headed by Ejezie Emeka Rollas for their relentless efforts in securing his release from the detention.”