Actor Moses Armstrong has been suspended by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom.
KAMPALA | NOW THEN DIGITAL — Actor Moses Armstrong has been suspended from membership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) following allegations that he raped a 16-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom.
- According to the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Moses Armstrong, a Nollywood star, has been suspended for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.
- Moses Armstrong was arrested by officers of the state police command in Akwa Ibom following a complaint.
- The president of the guild, Emeka Rollas, confirmed Moses Armstrong’s arrest, adding that the matter was being handled by the wife of Governor of Akwa Ibom, Martha Udom Emmanuel.
- Emeka said that the act was sad in a statement released today. The AGN, he added, will not interfere with the legal process.
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After a complaint was filed against Moses Armstrong, he was arrested by men of the state police command in Akwa Ibom.
Emeka Rollas, the guild’s president, who confirmed Moses Armstrong’s arrest, said the matter is being handled by the wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Martha Udom Emmanuel.
Today, Emeka released a statement in which he described the incident as sad and he said the allegation was strong and the AGN would allow the law to take its course.
In addition to this, Emma further confirmed that Moses Armstrong has now been prohibited from acting forth until the investigation has been completed.
Below is the full statement
“Actor Moses Armstrong has been placed on indefinite suspension by the National Executive Committee of the Actors Guild of Nigeria over his arrest by the police on allegation of raping a minor.”
“The Actors Guild of Nigeria has been in the forefront of advocacy against violations of women, such as rape, molestation and all forms of abuse. Therefore, the allegation against Moses Armstrong is capable of tarnishing the good image and reputation of our noble Guild if urgent action is not taken in accordance with the constitutional provisions of the Guild.”
“In a suspension letter signed by the Ejezie Emeka Rollas, the actor’s suspension was based on facts emanating from the preliminary investigations conducted by the Guild on the allegation.”
“The National President, also noted that it is a sad development but nobody is above the law, especially on rape and abuse of women.
“Though it is our duty to protect our members when it comes to serious allegations, the law will have to take its course.”
“While on suspension the actor is not expected to participate in any film production or Guild activities.”
“He also stated that, The National/State Chapter Task Forces have been mandated to monitor all film locations and production sets in the country as violation of the suspension rules may lead to further stiff disciplinary measures as stipulated by the AGN constitution,” the statement read.
Before his arrest, the actor-movie producer who appeared in ‘Bridge of No Return’ and ‘Udeme Mmi’ was the governor’s Special Assistant.