The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has suspended actor Moses Armstrong from the guild for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.
KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA — In light of allegations that he raped a 16-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom, Moses Armstrong has been suspended by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
The state police unit in Akwa Ibom arrested Moses Armstrong following a complaint against him.
Moses Armstrong’s arrest was confirmed by guild president Emeka Rollas, who said the matter was being dealt with by Mrs Udom Emmanuel, the wife of the Akwa Ibom governor.
Emeka described the incident as sad in a statement released today. He said the charges were strong and the AGN would allow the law to do its work.
As part of the further clarification, Emeka further confirmed that Moses Armstrong has been prohibited from acting until this investigation is 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.