By Benjamin Njoku
The leadership of Actors Guild of Nigeria,AGN, has refuted reports that went viral on the internet , accusing the Guild of abandoning one of its ailing actors, Prince James Uche, to his fate. The allegation is coming weeks after the Guild was also accused of abandoning another actor, Muna Obiekwe, who was buried during the week in his country home in Anambra State.
But reacting to the report in a statement released during the week, the President of the Guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima said, in as much as the Guild would not want to join issues or publicize any assistance offered to its members that it did not abandon the ailing actor. According to her, “We sincerely wish to set the records straight that the Actors Guild of Nigeria did not neglect Prince James Uche. We have done everything humanly possible to assist him.”
Continuing, she said, “The Guild took over the responsibility of the ailing actor in September, 2013, when we got the information about his health issue. The National President visited him and he refused to be taken to hospital or go on the health plan of the Guild, insisting that he wanted cash. We gave him N100,000,00. “In May 2014, we visited him again, and this is what followed.
We took him to R. Jolad Hospital Gbagada, Lagos State and comprehensive tests were conducted. He was diagnosed of complications arising from HBP/Hypertension which led to stroke of the eye. He was admitted at the Hospital for over a week before he was certified well and discharged by the Doctor.
After that, we took him to Eye Foundation for further Optical treatment Series of tests were conducted on him and was diagnosed of complications arising from the primary ailment of HBP/hypertension.
Since 2010, Prince James Uche has been battling diabetes and hypertension that left him almost bedridden for some years. At a time, it was reported that he was kicked out of their Gbagada, Lagos residence by his wife, Ekene who claimed to be tired of running the affairs of their family all alone.