Chiwetalu Agu, popular Nollywood actor would not have anticipated it, but he was manhandled by soldiers in the commercial town of Onitsaha Anambra State on Wednesday.
A viral video showed him around Upper Iweka Bridge sharing food to some less priviledged, like he had done in the past.
But it was not that show of milk of human kindness that drew the soldiers’ ire for Chiwetalu Agu; it was that he was wearing a an outfit that had Biafran inscriptions emblazoned on it.
The Eagle learnt that he was by a green bus with his obvious outfit when the treatment took place. Two armed soldiers reportedly wrestled him to the ground and dragged him.
It was gathered that the actor was in Onitsha on a charity mission where he regularly gifts the less privileged with food items when he was arrested by soldiers.
“He was sharing food with some less privileged persons at Upper Iweka when the soldiers approached him and arrested him. He was manhandled and arrested and taken to their barracks,” a source said.
Agu, who is a supporter of the Biafra cause, had, in several videos, criticised the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for marginalising Igbo.
Meanwhile, Nigerian security forces have, in recent times, banned people from donning Biafra outfits, even as the South-East continues to face security challenges, reports Punch.
On Wednesday, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, threatened that the Federal Government would not hesitate to declare a state of emergency in Anambra if state of security does not improve.
Anambra holds its governorship election next month.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of the actor.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident, noting, “The command is aware of his arrest at Upper Iweka in Onitsha. But we don’t have details of why he was arrested.”