Nollywood actor turned politician, Moses Armstrong has been suspended indefinitely by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) following reports of alleged sexual assault of 16-year-old girl.
In line with the statement release by the Actors’ Guild, the decision to suspend the actor became crucial as the police investigation into the allegations of sexual assault lingers.
The statement read:
“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 statement culled from Punch read.
“In a suspension letter signed by the National President Ejezie Emeka Rollas Armstrong’s suspension was based on facts emanating from the preliminary investigations conducted by the Guild on the allegation.
“Actors Guild of Nigeria has been in the forefront of advocacy against violation of women, such as rape, molestation and all form 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.
The National President, Ejezie Emeka Rollas, said 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,’ the National President concluded.
“While on suspension the actor is not expected to participate in any film production or Guild activities.
“In addition, 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.”
It would be recalled that the actor’s arrest first broke out on June 17, as he was reportedly held at Akwa Ibom State Police Command for raping a minor.
The guild’s president, Emeka Rollas confirmed the arrest during a chat with Qed.ng, and described the case as “a very serious one”.
According to Rollas, the situation was handled by the First Lady of the state, Martha Udom Emmanuel through her Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path Initiative.