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AGN explains why they can’t raise ransom for abducted actors

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Following the kidnap of some Nollywood actors, the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, revealed the group’s challenge in setting aside funds to pay the ransom of their abducted members.

Recently two members of the AGN, Clemson Cornell and Cynthia Okereke, were kidnapped in Enugu. Punch reported that their abductors demanded $100,000 to secure their release.

Punch reported interviewing Emeka Rollas, who said, “The Actors Guild of Nigeria cannot set apart funds for rescuing kidnapped actors because we have not even set aside funds to help ailing actors. The insecurity in the nation is affecting everybody, not only actors.”

However, he was asked how the AGN plans to raise money to secure the release of the victims; his answer was, “We are liaising with the family. It is not the guild that is supposed to provide the money. Right now, we are still brainstorming on what to do while the security operatives are also doing their jobs.

“We have already taken a proactive step to say that actors should not go to the outskirts of town to shoot films. Even the ones who are filming in cities should ensure that they have adequate security.”

Rollas also said that though ransom demand had been made, the kidnappers did not give any deadline on when the money should be paid.


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#Clemson Cornell
#Nollywood
#kidnapped actors

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