The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has revealed that the kidnappers of veteran Nollywood thespians, Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornell are demanding the sum of $100,000 for their release.
This follows their abduction on Thursday, July 28, while they were on their way from a movie set in Ozalla Town in Enugu State.
Speaking with Premium Times on Saturday, July 30, the AGN national president, Emeka Rollas said:
“The kidnappers have made contact with the families and are demanding the sum of $100,000. We pray to God for his intervention and for Him to put confusion in their midst.
“We are also working closely with the different security operatives, but we are not sure what to expect from them because the same thing is happening everywhere in the country.”
On the part of the country’s security agencies, the Enugu State Police Command noted that it has launched an investigation into the matter and has recovered an abandoned vehicle said to belong to Okereke.
The command’s spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, said the vehicle was found at Four-Corners on Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway. He said:
“The current report at our disposal dwells on a case of abandoned and recovered vehicle, as well as missing person. On July 29, at about 7:30 am, we received information that a red-coloured Toyota RAV4 Jeep with registration number AGL 199 CY was noticed to have been parked in an abandoned way at Four Corners on Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway.
“Hence, the location was visited and the vehicle recovered. Coincidentally, at about 11:30a.m., of same date, a report was further received stating that the vehicle belongs to Cynthia Okereke, who was last seen on July 26.”