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Nigeria: Four theatre directors arrested for alleged embezzlement

20 October 2017
On 11 October 2017, four directors of the National Theatre of Nigeria in Lagos were arrested on allegations of diversion and embezzlement of theatre funds.
Photo: National Theatre of Nigeria/Wikicommons

 

On 11 October 2017, four directors of the National Theatre of Nigeria in Lagos were arrested by security operatives of the Special Presidential Investigative Panel on the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP) over allegations of diversion and embezzlement of theatre funds, reported Daily Sun.

The directors – Abe Abiodun, Joel Femi, Alele Nwogbi and Doris Okafor – were arrested over a petition brought against them by Tar Ukoh, the artistic director of the national theatre who has been on an anti-corruption crusade, to account for 35 million Nigerian Naira (approx. 82,000 Euros).

Freemuse calls on Nigerian authorities to release the four directors on the presumption of innocence and conduct an impartial and thorough investigation to ensure they are not being targeted for their artistic works.

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