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Actors Guild can’t raise ransom for kidnapped actors – President

The Actors Guild of Nigeria is unable to set aside money to pay the ransom for its kidnapped members, according to its president, Emeka Rollas.

Remember that two AGN members, Clemson Cornell and Cynthia Okereke, were abducted in Enugu and that their captors are demanding a $100,000 ransom.

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.”

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When questioned about the AGN’s funding strategy for the actors who have been abducted, he responded, “We are liasing 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.”

In addition, Rollas claimed that although though a ransom demand had been issued, no time limit had been set for when it needed to be paid.

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria is unable to set aside money to pay the ransom for its kidnapped members, according to its president, Emeka Rollas.

Remember that two AGN members, Clemson Cornell and Cynthia Okereke, were abducted in Enugu and that their captors are demanding a $100,000 ransom.

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.”

READ MORE: Shakira May Face Eight-Year Jail Term Over Tax Evasion

When questioned about the AGN’s funding strategy for the actors who have been abducted, he responded, “We are liasing 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.”

In addition, Rollas claimed that although though a ransom demand had been issued, no time limit had been set for when it needed to be paid.

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