The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has revealed that the kidnappers of Nigerian actors Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel Agbogidi have released them to their families.
In a statement, the Director of Communications of the Guild, Monalisa Chinda Coker, note that touched by the “spirit of God”, the kidnappers released uninjured.
She thanked the public for their support amid the trying times.
“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.”
“On behalf of their families, the National President expressed our heartfelt appreciation to the Nollywood industry and Nigerians at large for the support and prayers during the trying period,” Madam Coker noted.
This comes after the two prominent Nollywood actors Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, aka Agbogidi, were kidnapped on Thursday.
Monalisa Chinda, AGN’s Director of Communications, who broke the news said that the actors were reported missing after their family members confirmed that they didn’t return from a film location at Ozalla Town, Enugu state.
Twenty-four hours after the kidnapping, the perpetrators were reported to have made contact with the family of the actors demanding a ransom for their release.
On Saturday, the AGN National President, Emeka Rollas, told Premium Times that the kidnappers are requesting $100,000.
But when the Guild attempted to pay a ransom, Mr Rollas said they mocked him.
Speaking in a video shared on social media, Mr. Rollas said he was laughed at after he told the abductors they have raised ₦1.2million as ransom to free the actors.
Mr. Rollas appealed to his colleagues in the movie industry to help raise more money to release Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel.
Meanwhile, it is unclear whether the Guild or the families of the actors paid a ransom to secure their freedom.
Despite the fact that they were set free unharmed, AGN has promised to arrange psychological support and some medical checks for the victims.
Madam Coker added that the president of the Guild has also urged its members “to be security conscious on and off film sets and always take precautionary measures on their security at all times.”