We can’t raise the ransom for kidnapped actors — AGN
Emeka Rollas (President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria) stated that the guild can’t set aside funds for ransom payments to their kidnapped members.
Remember that Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornell, both members of the AGN were kidnapped and held hostage in Enugu. Their kidnappers demanded $100,000.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Rollas 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.”
When asked how AGN plans to raise funds for the release of kidnapped actors, the AGN member replied, “We are liaising alongside the family. It’s not the guild that is supposed to provide the money. While we are still brainstorming, the security operatives continue to perform their duties.
“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 stated that although a ransom demand was made, Rollas did not give an ultimatum on the time and date of payment.