Actors, Cynthia Okereke And Clemson Cornel Agbogidi Released By 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;

“I am pleased to inform the public that the kidnapped actors Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel Agbogidi have been released safely.” Ejezie Emeka Rollas, the elated National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, announced their release by abductors who were touched by the spirit of God to set them free and unharmed. The President expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Nollywood industry and Nigerians in general for their support and prayers during this difficult time.”

“He urged members to be security conscious both on and off set and to 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.

“They began mocking us, saying, ‘all those your celebrities posting on Instagram, why haven’t they contributed?'”

The actors have however, been released but the statement didn’t say if a ransom was paid for their release.