The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has responded to accusations by concerned members of the public after photos of actor Kenneth Aguba went viral.
The Nollywood star was seen sitting in a wretched state in what many assumed was his abode and fellow actor Yul Edochie offered to help him via crowdfunding.
Fans who saw the images accused guild of abandoning Aguba, prompting a response in a statement made available to AllNews Nigeria.
In the statement signed by Kemi Adekomi, the SSA to the National President on Media & Publicity, the guild stated that the movie star was never abandoned and that it has been supportive in both providing accommodation and medical care in the past four years.
"The attention of the Actors Guild of Nigeria has been drawn to an online viral picture of veteran actor, Kenneth Aguba living on the street.
"The National President of the Guild, Ejezie Emeka Rollas wishes to state in clear terms that the Guild has never abandoned Kenneth Aguba.
"Enugu state chapter of the Guild and individual members have been supportive in both provisions of accommodation and medical interventions in the past four years to the veteran actor until his matter which could be a spiritual issue, degenerated recently.
"The Guild just does not make public, issues regarding assistance to its members.
"The National President frowns at the shades thrown at the leadership of the Guild since the story went viral, describing it as the handwork of detractors which may not be unconnected with the present towering reputation of the Guild.
"Actors Guild of Nigeria wishes to reiterate that it welcomes inquiries on issues regarding the welfare of members, as the Guild runs an open-door policy and calls on the public to always verify their stories before expressing not-so-palatable comments.
"Meanwhile, the National President wishes to thank good-spirited members who have called to show concern and willingness to provide immediate intervention. Thank you", the statement reads.