Two Nollywood actors, Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, recently abducted in Enugu State have been released.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN confirmed their release in a statement signed by its Director of Communication, Monalisa Chinda -Coker.
According to the statement released on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the movie stars were released unhurt and in healthy conditions.
Monalisa said the kidnappers released the actors because they were “touched by the spirit of God.” The Guild urged actors to ensure that adequate security was in place while on movie sets.
However, the statement didn’t say if a ransom was paid for their release.
The statement reads:
“This is to gladly inform the public that the kidnapped actors, Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, have been released, unhurt.
The elated National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Rollas, announced their release by the abductors who were touched by spirit of God to set them free and unharmed.
The guild has arranged for medical checks and psychological support for the victims.
He urged members to be security conscious on and off movie sets and always take precautionary measures on their security at all times.”
Okereke and Cornel were kidnapped on Friday, July 29, while they were returning from a movie set at Ozalla town in Enugu state.
On Saturday, their abductors contacted their families, demanding $100,000 as ransom. However AGN President, Emeka Rollas said the guild was only able to raise N1.2 million.
In a video clip on social media, he said:
“While talking to the abductors, we were trying to explain to them that we were putting some funds together, we were contributing. We said that we have about N1.2 million. And they started laughing at us.
They started mocking us and saying, ‘all those your celebrities posting on Instagram, why haven’t they contributed?’”