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Tragic Junior Pope: 3 More Victims of Nollywood Boat Mishap Recovered

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AWKA, Nigeria – In a somber update from Anambra State, police have confirmed the recovery of three more bodies from a recent boat accident that tragically claimed the lives of members of a movie cast, including beloved Nollywood actor Junior Pope Odonwodo.

The Anambra State Police Command spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, reported that marine police recovered the bodies following the accident which involved the film crew shooting “Another Side of Life.”

“Two of the bodies were recovered yesterday, April 11, 2024, while the last was washed in by the tide this morning,” Ikenga explained in a statement released on Friday, April 12, 2024.

The recovered bodies have since been transported to a morgue in Asaba, Delta State. The Guild of Actors has been notified of the recoveries as the film community reels from the loss.

The state’s Police Commissioner, Aderemi Adeoye, emphasised the ongoing investigation into the mishap and advised those travelling by boat to maintain heightened safety awareness.

This incident has sparked significant outcry among the public and fans of Nollywood, with many criticizing the lack of adequate safety measures during the movie’s production.

In response to the tragedy, the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has taken decisive action to prevent future accidents.

AGN President Emeka Rollas announced a series of measures including the indefinite suspension of all film shoots involving riverine areas and boat rides.

Additionally, the production of “Another Side of Life” has been halted indefinitely, and filmmaker Adamma Luke has been suspended from working with any actor from the guild until further notice.

Rollas also declared a nationwide halt to all location shoots on April 11, 2024, as a mark of respect for the victims.

“While we keep searching for the bodies of the remaining persons, may their souls rest in peace,” Rollas stated, reflecting the deep sorrow felt across the Nollywood community.

Actors Guild of Nigeria Blacklists Producer Adanma Luke After Junior Pope’s Tragic Death

In an unprecedented move, the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has announced a one-day suspension of all filming activities nationwide, alongside an indefinite blacklist against Adanma Luke, an actress who is the producer at the helm of the fatal production.

This decision is in response to the tragic boat accident that led to the death of celebrated Nollywood actor Junior Pope and three crew members.

This temporary halt, scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2024, is part of the AGN’s broader response to the incident, which also includes an indefinite suspension of film shoots in riverine areas.

The accident occurred during the shooting of the movie “Another Side of Life,” prompting the AGN to halt not only the involved production but also to impose a broader moratorium on all film shoots involving riverine areas.

The AGN’s statement detailed the extent of the suspensions: “All Films that involve riverine areas and boat riding are hereby suspended indefinitely. No Shoot on all locations Nationwide on Thursday 11th April 2024. The film titled ‘Another Side of Life’ is suspended indefinitely.”

Additionally, barred its members from working with producer Adanma Luke “until further notice”.

The announcement, disseminated through the guild’s social media platforms, underscores the gravity of the accident and the AGN’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its members.

The death of Junior Pope and his colleagues has sparked a nationwide conversation about the risks faced by actors and crew members working in challenging environments.

The AGN’s response aims not only to mourn the loss of its members but also to instigate change that ensures such a tragedy does not occur again.

Junior Pope, Actors Guild of Nigeria
Junior Pope pictured with two of his sons

The guild’s decision to pause filming activities across the country for a day serves as a mark of respect for the deceased and a moment for the industry to reflect on the importance of safety measures in film production.

“While we keep searching for the bodies of the remaining persons, may their souls rest in peace,” the statement concluded, acknowledging the ongoing efforts to recover the victims and the profound impact of their loss on the Nollywood community.

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