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