The Nigerian Army has disclosed the reason why its troops arrested Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu.
According to the Director, Army public relations, Brig. Gen Onyema, Chiwetalu Agu was arrested because he was inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“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.
“For the avoidance of doubt and emphasis, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) remains proscribed.
“Therefore, any individual or group seen to be projecting and advancing the cause or activities of the group is viewed as brazenly challenging the constitutionality of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“More worrisome, was the fact that considering the prevailing security situation of the region, coupled with the ongoing Exercise Golden Dawn, his action could be a tacit endorsement and support for the proscribed group.
“We have all witnessed how the activities of the group took a violent dimension in recent times,” he said.
Nwachukwu alleged that Agu demonstrated uncharitable disposition to negate peace and security in the region, hence the need to take him into custody for preliminary investigation.