John Dumelo Arrested In Nigeria…

John Dumelo
John Dumelo

I thought this Nigeria-Ghana saga has left us for good but here it is popping up again. A popular Ghanaian Actor John Dumelo was nearly arrested in Nigeria for non payment of the controversial levy which was slashed on Ghanaian actors who decide to work in Nigeria.

The arrest “near arrest” has been confirmed by the president of Actors Guild Of Nigeria-Segun Arinze. Obviously, something needs to be done about this so called protection levy.

Segun in his interview sounds so uncertain and was not going straight to the point. I sense something fishy….

Read or listen to the interviews below for more….


[audio:]  John Dumelo Interview

[audio:]  Segun Arinze Interview

The squabble between the Ghanaian movie industry and that of Nigeria is getting nastier by the day. The latest casualty to fall victim to the rift between Ghallywood and Nollywood is Ghanaian Actor John Dumelo who was allegedly arrested in Nigeria a few days ago.
Information available to indicates that John was apprehended on set in Nigeria whiles shooting a new movie for a female Nigerian producer. The sources disclosed that the actor was arrested for refusing to pay an amount Ghanaian actors and producer are supposed to pay before they are permitted to act in any movie. John Dumelo confirmed the incident in and exclusive interview with peacefmonline and explained that there was an attempt to arrest him but he was not really arrested.

“Yes they nearly arrested me, it wasn’t an arrest as a matter of fact but I was nearly arrested.” Asked what the reason for his attempted arrest was, John said “It is because of this Ghana-Nigeria thing that we are supposed to pay something before we are allowed to shoot in Ghana or in Nigeria”. He further explained that he went to Nigeria to shoot a movie a few days ago and while he was on set, some members of the producers association in Nigeria came with the police to arrest him for shooting in Nigeria illegally.

According to John, they claim that the producer who brought him to Nigeria did not pay some association for bringing a Ghanaian there. “It was one of the associations which brought in the police. The police didn’t come there on their own, but eventually I wasn’t arrested. I was nearly taken to the police station for whatever reason I don’t know”.

Asked how he was able to prevent the police from arresting him he said “Obviously I have a Nigerian working permit and everything so I showed them my working permit and told them to sort thing out with the producer because it is the producer who has to pay them.

“For me I don’t have to pay anybody any money, because it was the producer who brought me there. So if there is any problem it is the producer they should talk to”. On how he was able to leave the country without been harmed or manhandled John said “Oh! I managed to finish filming the next day and then I left”.

Segun Arinze
Segun Arinze

However the president of the Actor Guild of Nigeria Segun Arinze has also confirmed the incident saying John was not arrested but he was stopped from working in Nigeria without permit. Speaking on Peace FM’s “Entertainment Review” program he said even though he was not in town when the incident occurred he was told on his return that John was not arrested. “Nobody arrested John Dumelo to the best of my knowledge I know he was stopped from working but he wasn’t arrested. That will be a bit of an exaggeration”.

Segun said there is no problem at all and that everything is under control. He also added that three days after the incident, The Actor Guild of Nigeria and producers had a meeting with the Ghana Actors Guild and the Ghanaian producers to solve the problem. “We are brothers and we will forever remain brothers. I don’t see anybody been arrested. It is a free enterprise; we just need to sort a few things out”. According to Mr. Arinze plans are far advanced for both parties to have a final decisive meeting either in Lagos or in Accra.

Segun used the opportunity to apologize to Ghallywood actor John Dumelo. “To John Dumelo I will say we are deeply sorry for what happened. He was embarrassed we are sorry about it, and believe me, we will work it out there is nothing to worry about”.

When “Entertainment Review” host Kwasi Aboagye asked Segun why Ghanaians and Nigerians are demanding some payment before they are allowed to act or shoot in their respective countries, he answered “Nobody has asked anybody to pay anything. I think there has been confusion in the system, some people are doing this to profit and be mischievous about it, and we will defiantly get them and flush them out. We are all one; I go to Ghana to do movies and Ghanaians come to Nigeria to work. I don’t see why we should be losing sleep over this I think it is something we can definitely sort out”.

This whole Ghana-Nigeria rift started when Ghanaians reportedly demanded $1,000 from Nigerians and Nigerians also threatened to demand $2,000 from Ghanaians. This has resulted in some gruesome exchanges between Ghana and their Nigerian counterparts. Earlier on in the year, actors Van Vicker, Majid Michel and others also faced similar situation in Nigeria and they had to return to Ghana for their own safety.

John Dumelo’s incident seems to be a retaliation to the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) who seized the camera of a Nigerian crew who were allegedly shooting in Ghana with the express permission few months ago. The crew, who were shooting on the Spintex Road in Accra, refused to identify who the producer was, when the FIPAG members confronted them with the police. They then decided to confiscate their camera until the producer owned up.

Source: PeaceFm


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15 thoughts on “John Dumelo Arrested In Nigeria…”

  1. stupidity all over.something which can be sorted out with a few meetings is now turning into a war……we must all take into account the fact that when u enter another country, u’re a foreigner and “anything” can happen to you. if this continues, we’ll get to the point where we can’t visit each others country without having fear for our safety. this is bad and all ryt thinkin ppl should fyt against it.

  2. So Mr Chris what’s uncertain and fishy about Segun’s interview? What was he supposed to say?  Some people just like to create issues where there is none. But what did u guys expect? Are u guys not aware of the fees imposed by both countries? Of course actors are going to be harassed from both sides. Why are we now acting shocked?

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  4. Paying $2,000.00 is wat nigerians can use to protect their industry ,so wats wrong if john dumelo is ask to pay.didnt ghanaians demanded $1,000.00.Nigerians need to arrest any ghanaian actor/actress who fails to pay that levy since tit 4 tat is fair play.

  5. We want to impose a levy on Nigerians when we know very well that it is our actors who need their industry and not the other way around. He should pay them or stay in Ghana and work. Find work. 

  6. i thought ghana had already put down a law too that all nigerian actors coming to gh to act must pay a levy too soo i dunno y dis is a big deal now..

  7. Aaaah, nkwasiasem paaaa nie…JOHNNY baby, my dear come back to your country Ghana kraa…wat nonsense…just as u said, it is not u who have to pay because u didn’t go there to act on ur free will…the producer requested for u and NEEDED u…so pls come back ur country…like seriously Ghana movie industry can’t survive without relating to nigerian? LIKE SERIOUSLY…man puh-leaaase…my dear come back to ur country and make ur industry a better place…stop going to those countries to waste ur talent on people who dnt appreciate it…it is through Ghana dat they saw ur talent, so they need to take a chill pill kraaaa…because of some extra change they will add to ur pockets, we need them? GTFOH…Odo come back to ur country where u can have it all…nonsense…they could’ve been a bigger person and just ignored Ghana’s arrangements…but NOOOOO, they wanted to start WAR…africans and wars…MONKEY SAY MONKEY DOOOOO…MTCHEWWWWWW

  8. The Producers Association showed up with the Police? Why is that? I thought the police did their own investigations and did their own arrests. The members of the producers association intentionally targeted  Dumelo. That’s just wrong. 

  9. the way pple treated case is simply nt reasonable n very unfair,d only tin dt cld be done is looking 4 away 2 settle dis amicably nt with fight,ghanian always bring up issues wen it cmes 2 tin relatin 2 nigerians,its nt fair atall,its nt d way 4ward dts d truth,they treat u guys like fellow africans bt u go ard n impose war on dem,u all started dis n u kw dt n nw dey re calling 4 a settlement bt yet u dnt want 2 acknowledge d fact dt fighting is nt d best,dey didnt start like dis k.believe it or nt ghanian have prbs wit nigerians n dts very bad,i ve leaved abroad n i ve seen hw dey treat dem even wen a nigerian is being a bro 2 dem,dey ve high segregation spirit n u kw war is nt d best,nigerians ve neva asked 4 war b4 n pls lets nt start wat we cnt finish cos in comparison nigeria is far bigger in everytin pls d best we cn do is 2 be at peace.


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