The Nigerian Actors Guild has announced that kidnapped actors Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Agbogidi have been released by their kidnappers.
The movie stars were released unharmed and in good health, according to a statement posted on the Actors Guild of Nigeria’s official Instagram page on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. It said;
“This is to gladly inform the public that the kidnapped actors Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel Agbogidi have been released unhurt.
The elated National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas announced their release by the abductors who were touched by the spirit of God to set them free and unharmed.
“The Guild has arranged for medical checks and psychological support for the victims. On behalf of their families, the National President expressed our heartfelt appreciation to Nollywood industry and Nigerians at large for the support and prayers during the trying period.”
He urged members to be security conscious on and off film sets and always take precautionary measures on their personal security at all times.
Okereke and Agbogidi were abducted on Friday, July 29, while returning from a film set in Ozalla, Enugu state.
Their kidnappers contacted their families on Saturday, demanding $100,000 in ransom.
However, according to AGN President Emeka Rollas, the guild was only able to raise N1.2 million.
“While talking to the abductors, we were trying to explain to them that we were putting some funds together, we were contributing,” he said in a social media video clip.
“We stated that we have approximately N1.2 million. And they began to laugh at us”.