Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, has accused Islamic Movement of Nigeria for threatening his life over the role he played in a yet-to-be released movie, “Fatal Arrogance”.
Edochie is suspected to have played the role of IMN leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in the movie said to have been sponsored by the Nigerian Army.
“I don’t understand what the IMN is driving at. The film we shot is not even out, it has not been edited, the production is not complete.
“If they have complained to the Inspector-General of Police, and the IGP says give me a copy of the film, what are we going to do because the film is not in existence yet, it is not in circulation.
“I am supposed to have played a role that ridiculed their boss, chief, whoever is in charge of their group.
“I am suggesting that you wait, keep your gunpowder dry, when the film is released, you can now make your grumbles known to the Inspector-General of Police.
“Whatever is being done now is premature, it is not proper.
“Fatal Arrogance, whatever it is, whatever it deals with, I think the best thing to do is to wait until the production comes out,” Edochie said.
The popular actor goes ahead to allege threat to his life saying, “I did not write it, the film was produced by Kingsley Orji Anosike. If you want to express resentment over the production, which you have not watched, direct your grievances to the producer of the film not to Pete Edochie who is a mere actor, it does not concern me.
“I thank all those people who out of concern informed me of the campaign of deliberation of my person, the organised threat of my person by IMN, I thank you all. I’m a free born of Nigeria, I was born and raised in Nigeria. I’m not going to run away from Nigeria because a few individuals think they want things done in their own way,” he concluded.
The IMN has had a running battle with the Nigerian authorities for some years now and repeatedly protested what they see as illegal detention of their leader, El-Zakzaky.