Kidnappers of Nollywood actors demand $100, 000, AGN says moneys can’t be raised
Twenty-four hours after prominent Nollywood actors and members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, aka Agbogidi, were kidnapped in an Enugu suburb, their abductors have contacted their families, according to Premium Times.
The actors were reported missing after their family members confirmed they didn’t return home from a film location at Ozalla Town, Enugu State, on Thursday.
Both actors are renowned for starring in movies shot in Enugu and Delta states.
The AGN national president, Emeka Rollas, said the kidnappers were requesting a lump sum in dollars.
He said, “The kidnappers have made contact with the families and are demanding the sum of $100,000. We pray to God for his intervention and for Him to put confusion in their midst. We are also working closely with the different security operatives, but we are not sure what to expect from them because the same thing is happening everywhere in the country.”
Mr Rollas also said members of the guild were working closely with the families of the victims and the security forces to ensure their safe release.
In a Punch newspaper interview published yesterday, Mr Rollas said; ‘The kidnappers cleared the money in Cynthia Okereke’s account this morning.’’
As part of measures to forestall a repeat occurrence, Mr Rollas said the guild had ordered its members not to shoot outside the metropolis and ensure that they make adequate provisions for security in their locations.
AGN’s director of communications, Monalisa Chinda, broke the news of the kidnap of the actors in a statement on Friday.
The president of the AGN, Emeka Rollas, has said that the guild cannot set aside funds to pay the ransom of their kidnapped members.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Rollas said “The Actors Guild of Nigeria cannot set apart funds for rescuing kidnapped actors, because we have not even set aside funds to help ailing actors. The insecurity in the nation is affecting everybody, not only actors.”
When asked how the AGN is planning to raise money for the release of the kidnapped actors, he said, “We are liasing with the family. It is not the guild that is supposed to provide the money. Right now, we are still brainstorming on what to do, while the security operatives are also doing their jobs.
“We have already taken a proactive step to say that actors should not go to the outskirts of town to shoot films. Even the ones who are filming in cities should ensure that they have adequate security.”
Rollas also stated that though a demand for ransom had been made, no ultimatum had been given on when the money should be paid.
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