AGN National President, Rollas under fire over Abia chapter crisis

The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, has been accused of instigating a crisis in the Abia State chapter of the association.

The claim was made by members of the chapter in Umahia, the state capital after their monthly meeting.

The members further urged the national leadership of the body to allow peace to reign among actors.

The aggrieved actors, who included Nathaniel Nwoko, Daniel Egwu and Chukwuemeka Onyekwere, who is the Public Relations Officer of Abia AGN, lamented that Mr David Amalaha who was duly elected on May 2023 as Abia State Chairman, has not been recognised by the AGN President, Rollas.

Rollas was said to have imposed Dorris Ogala as the interim Chairman of Abia AGN executive.

The members stressed that the action of the president is unacceptable because there is a duly elected executive led by David Amalaha.

The Abia actors, who alleged that the National President had been inciting series of crises and intimidation of actors by writing a petition to the Zone 9 Police Command where he declared some members of AGN as belonging to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), also said that some of the actors in the Abia chapter were also disclaimed through a media publication.

Apart from these, the actors claimed that relatives of many deceased actors from Abia State were not compensated by the AGN National office despite their lifetime contributions to the development of the film industry.

The actors, who said that the David Amalaha-led executive has headed to the High Court, Umuahia, to protect their fundamental human rights, advised the National body of the AGN to allow the court to decide on the matter.

They promised to obey whatever ruling the court may give.

“We are here to tell the world that the problem in AGN in the state was created by the National office, including the President, Emeka Rollas.

“Let them stop creating parallel groups to distract the good works the Chairman is doing here”, they demanded.