Army in Nigeria has confirmed the arrest of the famous actor Chiwetalu Agu for wearing an outfit bearing the flag of the proscribed group Ipob and inciting people to join it.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) is a group that wants a breakaway state in south-east Nigeria.
The army denied reports that Chiwetalu Agu was assaulted during the arrest saying “the actor attempted to put up some resistance”.
Ipob was banned in Nigeria and the army said Agu’s activities to popularise it were in contravention of the law, the BBC reports.
The army says it recognises the freedoms enshrined in the constitution as long as they do not threaten national security.