The Emeka Ike led faction of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has faulted the suspension of controversial actress, Crystabel Goddy by Ibinabo Fiberesima, the embattled former President of the guild.
An official statement signed by Femi Durojaiye, the National Secretary of Emeka Ike’s faction of AGN, said “Our attention has been drawn to the purported suspension of Miss Crystabel Goddy by the illegal government of Ibinabo Fiberesima, for having an altercation with a fellow actress.”
The statement further reads that “Not only is the purported suspension spurious as Miss Crystabel Goddy is not a card carrying member of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) but it is also a reckless decision by those drunken with power. Even if Miss Crystabel Goddy were a member of our Guild, there are set procedures for dealing with issues bothering on indiscipline. Miss Goddy never faced any disciplinary panel to hear her case to determine her guilt or otherwise.
“Her purported suspension by Ibinabo is akin to jungle justice, which is alien to Actors Guild of Nigeria. For the avoidance of doubt, Miss Crystabel Goddy is not under any suspension by Actors Guild of Nigeria, and therefore free to continue her career, as we rebuild our Guild to make it once more attractive to young talents.”
On Friday, 12 February, Crystabel and a colleague, Princess Chineka engaged in a dirty fight on a movie location in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos. The former was reported to have bite off the latter’s thigh flesh.
Below is the statement earlier released by the Ibinabo faction of AGN: “The Guilds and Associations in Nollywood have been duly notified of the suspension while the National and state task forces have been kept on alert to disengage her from all sets pending when the suspension would be lifted.
“The Guild has set up a high powered committee headed by the National Chief Whip, Empress Eneh to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the matter. Crystabel shall remain on suspension until the outcome of the investigation as stipulated by the constitution of the Guild.”