“We can’t raise ransom for kidnapped actors” – AGN gives reason
The President of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, has dashed the hopes of many who had relied on the guild to ransom the release of veteran Nollywood actors Clemson Cornell and Cynthia Okereke.
Noting that the AGN could not set aside money to ransom its kidnapped members, the Rollas stated that the guild had not even set aside money for its ailing actors.
He claimed that the insecurity in Nigeria affects everyone and not just the actors.
Recall that two AGN members, Clemson Cornell and Cynthia Okereke, were kidnapped in Enugu and their captors demanded a ransom of $100,000.
In an interview with The PUNCH, Emeka Rollas was quoted as saying:
“The Actors Guild of Nigeria cannot provide funds to rescue kidnapped actors because we have not even provided funds to help sick actors. The insecurity in the nation affects everyone, not just actors.”
When asked how the AGN intends to raise money for the release of the kidnapped actors, he said:
“We’re in touch with the family. It’s not the guild that’s supposed to provide the money. At the moment we are still considering what to do while the security forces do their job as well.
“We’ve already taken a proactive step to say that actors shouldn’t go to the outskirts of town to make films. Those filming in cities should also provide adequate security.”