Why Chiwetalu Agu was released by DSS – Ozekhome

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu was on Tuesday released by the Department of State Services after being in their custody for 2 days.

Agu was arrested last Thursday by the Nigerian Army in Anambra State for allegedly wearing Biafran colours, associating with the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, and for inciting members of the public.

After one day with them, the Army  transferred him to the DSS on Friday and he was flown to their headquarters in Abuja.

In Abuja, Agu was detained and subjected to interrogation till Tuesday.
After his release, Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the DSS released him after a rigorous search of his phones.

Ozekhome in a statement said the DSS didn’t find anything incriminating on the actor’s phones.
He said his chambers took up the case after being briefed by the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

In his statement titled, ‘Chiwetalu Agu Released By DSS’, Ozekhome said his client argued that he had committed no known offence, as he was merely wearing an attire with the rising sun and distributing ten thousand naira worth of bread he had bought, to the poor and less-privileged.

“Several interactions were held by the chambers with the DSS operatives, who were, however, very civil and very cooperative.

“Agu was released this (Tuesday) evening to Steve Eboh and Monolisa Chinda (Director of Media, Actors Guild of Nigeria), by the DSS at their headquarters in Abuja, after a careful search on his phones showed nothing incriminating.”

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