Crime & SecurityNewsKidnapped Actors: Abductors Demanded $100m, We’ve Raised N1.2m – AGN

The national president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, has given an update about the abducted members of the guild, Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel.

The AGN had declared the veteran actors missing last Friday after their family members confirmed that they had yet to return from the movie set they went to at Ozalla Town in Enugu state.

A few hours later, Okereke and Cornel were confirmed to have been abducted. And on Sunday, the national president of AGN disclosed that the abductors of the missing actors have established contact with their families, demanding $100,000 as ransom.

“It is true that their abductors have contacted the family members and demanded $100,000. Our worst fears have been confirmed and we are really worried about the safety of our veteran actors. We have been working tirelessly in the last 24 hours to make contact and speak with relevant authorities,” he had said.

Speaking in a video posted on social media on Tuesday, Rollas said AGN has only been able to raise about N1.2 million for the ransom.

In the video posted to give an update on the missing actors to the members of the guild, the president said no headway has been made towards securing the release of the victims.

“The situation still remains the same. Yesterday while talking to the abductors, we tried to explain to them that we were putting some funds together and contributing. We told them we had about N1.2 million,” Rollas said.

“They started laughing at us and mocking us. They said, ‘all those celebrities posting us on Instagram, why haven’t they contributed?’ It immediately got to me that these people are watching us.

“It’s not the best time for us to begin to circulate this information on Instagram. We have dedicated an account, the AGN Enugu account number, for us to make the contributions. I urge us to see to it that we contribute.”

Meanwhile, some actors have expressed their anguish over the abduction of their colleagues. Lamenting the huge amount demanded as ransom to secure the freedom of their colleagues, the actors noted that the abductors seem to have unfortunately misjudged their financial status to make a demand of $100m.

The West African Pilot News gathered that the Enugu Police have launched an investigation into the matter and in their efforts to track the possible location of the kidnappers, recovered a vehicle belonging to Okereke from where it was said to have been abandoned on the highway.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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