How the Nigerian Army Turned Chinwetalu Agu Over to the DSS
Chinwetalu Agu, a veteran Nollywood actor, has been handed over to the Department of State Security Services, DSS, for further investigation.
Agu was arrested on Thursday in Upper-Iweka, Onitsha, Anambra state, after he was seen soliciting support for the banned Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. He was also dressed in an outfit made out of the Biafran flag.
In a statement issued Thursday night, military spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu revealed that Agu resisted arrest and was not brutalized as widely reported.
“Chinwetalu Agu was apprehended for questioning while encouraging members of the public to join the banned group.” Though he attempted to put up some resistance when troops attempted to take him into custody, he was not assaulted or brutalized.”
“While the NA recognizes the inalienable rights of the citizenry to freedom of movement and expression as enshrined in the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution, it appears to be a violation for any individual or group to incite the public to cause mayhem or the breakdown of law and order.” It is thus important to emphasize that while exercising such liberties, they must be done within the confines of the law, keeping in mind the imperative for peace and national security.”
However, on Friday afternoon, reports surfaced that the Army had released Chinwetalu Agu, but this newspaper’s investigation reveals otherwise.
Instead, the comic actor was turned over to the Department of State Security Service, or DSS.
When contacted, the Secret Police spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya (PhD. ), confirmed that Agu had been handed over to the service by the Army.