Kidnapped veteran Nollywood actors Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Agbogidi have been released from captivity after spending 5 days in the kidnappers’ den.
This is according to a statement released by the Actors Guild of Nigeria on its official Instagram page on Wednesday.
The statement said the movie stars were released unharmed and in good health. He read;
“This is to gladly inform the public that kidnapped actors Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel Agbogidi have been released safe and sound. The delighted National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas announced their release by the kidnappers who were touched by the spirit of God to set them free and unharmed.
The Guild organized medical checks and psychological support for the victims. On behalf of their families, the National President expressed our sincere gratitude to the Nollywood industry and Nigerians in general for the support and prayers during the difficult time.
“He urged members to be safety conscious on and off film sets and to always take precautionary measures for their personal safety at all times.
Okereke and Agbogidi were kidnapped on Friday July 29, while returning from filming in the town of Ozalla, Enugu State. On Saturday, their captors contacted their families, demanding $100,000 in ransom. However, AGN chairman Emeka Rollas said the guild was only able to raise 1.2 million naira.
In a video clip on social media, he said: “While we were talking to the kidnappers, we were trying to explain to them that we were pooling funds, we were contributing. We said we had about 1.2 million naira. And they started laughing at us.
“They started laughing at us and saying, ‘All these celebrities posting on Instagram, why haven’t they contributed?’
The actors were released, however, but the statement did not specify whether a ransom was paid for their release.