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Osuofia: Actors desert Enugu

*Police spread dragnet for kidnappers

By  Ogbonna Amadi, Benjamin Njoku, Lagos & Tony Edike

ENUGU—POLICE commands in the South-Eastern states have been placed on red alert to fish out the kidnappers of Nollywood star actor and comedian, Nkem Owoh.

He  was abducted on the  Enugu– Port Harcourt Expressway on Monday.

*Nkem Owoh
*Nkem Owoh

The rise in kidnapping in the South-East has forced a majority of the actors who are based in Enugu to relocate to Lagos for safety.  Owoh, who was residing in Enugu with his family, had relocated to Lagos some months ago.

“How can we continue staying here, when today you hear that they abducted Pete Edochie and tomorrow you hear that it is Osuofia? Who knows who they will kidnap tomorrow? A top actor, who wanted his name veiled, said, adding that the abductors had contacted Owoh’s family, demanding N15m, which they insisted must be paid without delay.

Although the whereabouts of the abducted movie star is unknown,  a senior police officer attached to Zone 9 Police Headquarters in Umuahia, Abia State, told Vanguard  on  telephone yesterday that the authorities had asked all commands in the zone to rescue the actor without delay.

He said the spate of kidnapping in the zone had become a major embarrassment to the police and as such would not continue to watch “these enemies” to terrorise innocent citizens for their selfish ends.

Owoh,  popularly called Osuofia, was reportedly abducted on the Enugu–Port Harcourt Expressway on Monday while travelling to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

There were, however,  conflicting reports yesterday regarding the exact spot where he was seized. While some said he was abducted between Aba and Port Harcourt, others said he was picked from his car at Lokpanta in Abia State.

Enugu State Police Command ‘s spokesman, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, when contacted yesterday said  from reports Owoh was abducted at Lokpanta, which is under the Abia State Command . He did not give further details.

Meanwhile, reports said the kidnappers are demanding N15 million for his release.

While some newspapers reported yesterday that the kidnappers are demanding N45million, sources in the movie industry said the demand is N15m.

It was also gathered that Owoh’ kidnap has created fears among local movie actors who now see themselves as potential targets of kidnappers.

Two months ago, another popular actor, Pete Edochie, was abducted in Onitsha, Anambra State, but was released unconditionally after a day in captivity.


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