Nollywood Veteran Actor Pete Edochie Cries Out Over Movie ‘Imitating Shiites As Terrorists’ “My Life Is In Danger”
Legendary Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie has disclosed how he was reportedly threatened following the new movie coming up titled “Fatal Arrogance”.
The said movie was said to have ridiculed the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
The 73 year old actor told Sahara Reporters on Monday, that Youtube videos and messages were going round on Whatsapp to pre-empt the project.
In his words:
“I was part of a movie that was done a few days ago. Two days after we ended shooting that film, I got calls from people all over the country referring me to WhatsApp.
“I checked and saw that the IMN, according to what I read, had notified the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) that Pete Edochie and the Nigerian government, with some actors from the north, had done a production that was intended to ridicule and misrepresent them.
“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 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 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.”
According to the police chief, Mohammed Adamu, the upcoming movie imitated the group in the wrong manner. However, Pete directed all the grievances to the producers of the movie.
“My name in the film is Alhaji Shasha Kurungu. I’m not aware there’s a leader of any religious sect in Nigeria who answers that. If there is, it’s a pure coincidence; the name is fictional,” he added.
“If you want to express resentment over a production you haven’t 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 did not write it, the film was produced by Kingsley Orji Anosike. I thank all those people who informed me of the campaign, denigration, and the organised threat of my person by the 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 this country because a few individuals think they want things done in their own way.”