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Chiwetalu Agu was arrested for supporting IPOB, says Army

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According to the Nigerian Army, veteran Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agu was arrested for soliciting support for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Onyema Nwachukwu, an Army spokesman, said this in a statement on Thursday titled, 'Troops Arrest Chiwetalu Agu While Soiciting Support for Proscribed IPOB.'

The army claimed that, contrary to media reports, the actor was only detained and not brutalized.

The statement read in part, "Troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed 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, read here
 
"Though he attempted to put up some resistance when troops made an effort to take him into custody, he was not assaulted or subjected to brutalisation."
 
 
The army said while it recognises the inalienable rights of Nigerians to freedom of movement and expression as enshrined in the constitution, it is a violation for any individual or group to incite the public to cause mayhem or break down 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," it said.
 
 
The army stated that IPOB remains prohibited from any individual or group seen to be projecting or advancing the cause or activities of the group.
 
 
It said Agu had clearly demonstrated an uncharitable disposition to negate peace and security in the region, hence he was taken into custody for preliminary investigation.
 
 
The army added, "It is important to once again place on record that the allegation that he was brutalised is false and should be disregarded accordingly.


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