Monday, August 17, 2009

Pete Edochie Kidnapped

By Al-Amin Ciroma, Abuja
Sunday, 16 August 2009 22:17

Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, was yesterday reportedly kidnapped by suspected kidnappers. According to reports, the veteran actor was kidnapped at Nkpor Village, a few kilometres to Onitsha, Anambra State.

Speaking in a telephone interview with LEADERSHIP, the actor's son, Uche Edochie, confirmed that the actor was being driven from his country home in Enugu in the company of his family members when armed men stopped the car he was travelling in.

Edochie disclosed that though the incident was obviously financially-motivated and one of many in a string of recent kidnappings of influential Nigerians, the kidnappers were yet to get in touch with the family, or demand a ransom, "our family is still in shock, and making attempts to contact the police; there is no handbook on what to do when your father is kidnapped," he said.

As at the time of writing this report, most of the stakeholders and practitioners in the motion picture industry were startled.

It will be recalled that this is the second incident where a movie stakeholder is kidnapped. A few months ago, a renowned Hausa movie actress, Shamsiyya Habib (Kansakali) was equally kidnapped in Zaria, Kaduna state. Meanwhile, all effort to contact the officials of Nollywood to comment on the matter proved abortive.

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