Nollywood actress, Cynthia Okereke, who was recently kidnapped and released, has recounted her ordeal.
Glamsquad recalls that Okereke and a colleague, Clemson Cornell, were kidnapped in Enugu State, and their kidnappers were said to have demanded a ransom of $100,000.
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In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Okereke said that her abduction was a mistake, as she was not the target of the kidnappers.
“They told me I was not the one they were looking for. They stated that since they could not get who they originally wanted, they had to take me. It was a coincidence.”
She also said contrary to some reports, a ransom was paid before she was released. She said, “It is a lie.”
When asked how much was paid to secure her freedom, she said,
“That is what I won’t tell you, but a ransom was paid. I don’t want it to go viral but ransom was paid. My husband was the one who took the ransom to Ngwa in Abia State.”
Narrating her ordeal in the kidnappers’ den, she said,
“They did not give me anything. For the first two days, I was there, I was not given any food. It was on the third day they gave me milk and a malt drink. Because my stomach was empty, I knew that I would vomit if I took it, so I declined.”
Asked if the kidnappers recognised her as an actress, Okereke said,
“When they captured us at Centenary Junction in Enugu, they said, ‘Cynthia Okereke, you think we don’t know you’? So, I asked them what they wanted and pleaded that they should take my car when they shot into the air. They said they did not need the car.”
Speaking on how she landed at the criminal’s lair, she said,
“We were wrapped with a trampoline and taken to an unknown destination. It was the following morning that one of them asked me if I know where I was. I said I didn’t know and told me we were in Ebonyi State.”
Recounting some of the things the abductors told her while in captivity, she explained that,
“They said Nollywood is not supporting Nnamdi Kanu (founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra), that we should come out en masse to support him. According to them, ‘Kanu is fighting for everyone (Igbo people).”
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