Nollywood veteran actor, Pete Edochie, has alleged that he is being threatened concerning his role in an upcoming movie ‘Fatal Arrogance‘ which portrayed Islamic group, Shiites as terrorists.
According to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the yet-to-be-released movie which features Pete Edochie, Destiny Etiko and other actors is alleged to have ridiculed the Islamic group.
The veteran actor in an interview with Sahara Reporters said broadcast messages and YouTube videos were circulated on WhatsApp in an attempt to forestall the project.
The 73-year-old thespian revealed that he was referred to WhatsApp by people concerning the project and later found out that the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) had notified the Inspector General of Police (IGP) that he had collaborated with the Nigerian government and some actors from the north to produce a movie intended to ridicule and misrepresent them.
In his words, ‘‘One claimed the government gave money to Pete Edochie to exculpate them from what they did in Zaria years ago. I’m moved to comment on this… I don’t understand what IMN is driving at.
”If they have complained to the Inspector-General of Police, and the IGP says to give him 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’m supposed to have played a role that ridiculed boss, chief, whoever is in charge of the 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 IGP. Whatever is being done now is premature, it is not proper. Fatal Arrogance, whatever it deals with, the best thing is to wait until it comes out”
The thespian then urged them to direct their grievances to the producer of the film, Kingsley Orji Anosike, and not to him who is a mere actor.
He also thanked the people who informed him of the campaign, denigration, and the organised threat by the Islamic group.
He added, ‘‘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 this country because a few individuals think they want things done in their way’‘.
The Nollywood veteran played the role of Alhaji Shasha Kurungu, a fictional name in the movie titled ‘Fatal Arrogance’.