Veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu has reportedly regained his freedom from the Department of State Security Service (DSS) custody in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The actor’s release from the on Tuesday, from reports followed intervention by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN); an umbrella body of Nigerian movie actors and actresses, including other notable Nigerians who reached out to the military, DSS and the federal government over the arrest of the veteran actor in Onitsha last week.
In a statement signed by the AGN Communication Director, Monalisa Chinda, the group stated that “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.”
Agu was first arrested by the Nigerian Army on October 7, 2021, around Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State, for wearing a Biafra outfit while distributing bread and other items to the poor.
The army had accused him of soliciting support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IOPB) which has been accused of several acts of terrorism.
Agu was subsequently handed over to the DSS for investigation and prosecution.
However, shortly before his release, a relative of the Nollywood actor had told Newsmen that they had been denied access to him.
The Nollywood veteran, who has starred in several movies, including ‘Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story’, which is now showing on Netflix and among others has been a known supporter of the Biafra struggle; the most recent was his interview with BBC Igbo, where he was seen throwing his weight behind the agitation for self-determination as being championed by IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
He has also been critical of the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly marginalising the people of the South, especially, the Igbo nation.
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Chiwetalu Agu is yet to narrate his experience in the hands of the Nigerian Army and the DSS.