They Misjudged Actors’ Financial Status – Hilda Dokubo Demand $100,000 From Nollywood Actor Kidnappers

Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo has said that the people who kidnapped two of her colleagues, Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, in Enugu State, Nigeria, misjudged the financial situation of the actors.

According to her, because some celebrities flaunt their wealth on social media, kidnappers and the public assume they are swimming in wealth.

However, “this is only in line with the ‘Show’ part of SHOWbiz. Hope you get what I mean,” Hilda Dokubo wrote in an Instagram post.

She noted that she was pained by the kidnapping, especially because she not only knows Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel who were kidnapped, but is also aware of their financial situation.

Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel

“Unfortunately, they misjudged the financial situation of the actors they kidnapped! And think like it’s in the movies, it’s like that in real life. (sic) What a life! Where will we get- us one hundred thousand US dollars?”

“May God save us all from this pain and grant us your grace for this time. I’m pained because I know these two personally, I’ve worked with them and I know what’s going on with them,” Hilda Dokubo wrote.

It comes after two prominent Nollywood actors and members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, aka Agbogidi, were allegedly abducted on Friday.

Monalisa Chinda, communications director of AGN, who broke the news, said the actors were missing after family members confirmed they had not returned from a filming location in Ozalla Town, Enugu State.

“Both members were suspected of having been kidnapped, which heightened the members’ fear for the safety of actors filming in the country.”

Twenty-four hours after the abduction, the authors would have contacted the family of the actors.

On Saturday, AGN National President Emeka Rollas told Premium Times that the kidnappers were asking for a dollar lump sum.

He said: “The kidnappers have contacted the families and are demanding the sum of $100,000. We pray to God for his intervention and to confuse them.

“We are also working closely with the various security officers, but we are not sure what to expect from them as the same thing is happening all over the country.”

Mr. Rollas also said Guild members are working closely with the families of the victims and the security forces to ensure their safe release.

In an interview with the Punch newspaper published on Saturday, Mr Rollas said: ‘the kidnappers cleared the funds from Cynthia Okereke’s account this morning’.

Meanwhile, the police have opened an investigation into the kidnapping of the actors.

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Nollywood acts have been kidnapped in Nigeria in the past.

In June 2021, a Nollywood actor, Pressing Forward, was kidnapped in Imo State. He was later released from captivity, after which his fans gathered around him in jubilation.

In 2009, veteran actor Pete Edochie was kidnapped and released after paying a ransom. Nkem Owoh was abducted and released after paying a ransom of 1.4 million naira.

The actor, popularly known as ‘Osuofia’ was kidnapped while traveling along the Enugu – Port Harcourt highway.

In June, actor Uche Odoputa appealed for help following the kidnapping of his father, Kenneth Odoputa.

He revealed in an Instagram post that his father had been held captive for weeks.