Actors rally for kidnapped colleagues – The Sun Nigeria
By Rita Okoye
Nollywood actors have mobilized in different ways for the release of fellow abductees Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel aka Agbogidi.
The Sun newspaper previously reported that the movie stars’ kidnappers were asking for $100,000 for their release.
The kidnappers contacted the family members of their captives about 24 hours after their disappearance.
The duo were said to have been on a filming assignment in the town of Ozalla, Enugu state, before being declared missing.
Actors Guild of Nigeria President Emeka Rollas has confirmed that contact has been made with the families as the guild works with the relevant security agencies to ensure a safe return.
“We are also working closely with the various security officers, but we are not sure what to expect from them as the same thing is happening all over the country.”
Already, the guild has warned its members against filming in remote areas unless they organize adequate security for themselves.
Hilda Dokubo for her part wonders about the brazenness of the Kidnappers to ask for 100 million dollars in ransom.
Dokubo explained that although some actors paint the wrong image on social media all the time, it only fits the “Show” part of SHOWbiz and they don’t have that kind of money.
“We are about to go from a level of begging to save a sick or dying colleague to now facing the worst fear of two of their colleagues facing God knows what in the hands of kidnappers!
Who are we going to turn to if not the public using our social media platforms! Well, finally the kidnappers made their demands. They want money! 100 million US dollars! From where?
Unfortunately, they misjudged the financial situation of the actors they kidnapped! And think like it’s in the movies, it’s like that in real life. What a life! Where will we get one hundred thousand US dollars? May God save us all from this pain and grant us your grace for this time. I know some actors paint the wrong picture all the time on social media, but that’s only for the “Show” part of SHOWbiz. I hope you will understand what I mean. I’m pained because I know these two personally, I’ve worked with them and I know what’s really going on with them.
I just been asking myself a question all day, how much does an average actor in Nigeria earn? “
For Yvonne Jegede, it is truly a scary situation. She also confirmed that no statement was made by the Nigerian police or any government official.
“It’s really scary to be honest. God help us. The insecurity in this country is a complete mess, and so far no statement from the police or the government addresses this issue. As I type this, I Got chills down my spine. Just praying Nigeria doesn’t happen to us,” she wrote.