Nkem Owoh released by kidnappers after ₦1.4 million ‘discounted’ ransom paid

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 3:42 PM

By BellaNaija.com

osuofiaNollywood actor, Nkem Owoh has reportedly been released after a ₦1,400,000 ransom was paid to his kidnappers. Owoh who is popularly known as ‘Osuofia’ was kidnapped as he travelled along Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway.
Mr. Owoh who is widely reported to be one of the highest paid Nollywood actors spend almost a week in the custody of the kidnappers. His abductors originally requested for a ₦15 million payment to secure his release. However, after a few days, they allegedly reduced the ransom demand to ₦2 million before ‘compromising’ to the final ₦1.4 million which was paid.
According to Sunday Punch newspaper, the kidnappers are still holding on to Owoh’s car and requesting an additional ₦100,000 before the car is released.
Wow! Though, we are glad that Mr. Owoh has been released in good health and physical condition. This is just so embarrassing and unfortunate.

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  • 20 Comments on “Nkem Owoh released by kidnappers after ₦1.4 million ‘discounted’ ransom paid”

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    • donchica November 16, 2009 at 6:36 PM

      Hi Bella, I really enjoy your website, the only problem is that the page takes forever to load, and beleive me its not from my server. We here in diaspora love to hear news from home, and it will be a more pleasant experience if we dont have to wait too long to read it. Thanks!

    • vay November 16, 2009 at 6:51 PM

      what more is left to say.it’s devastating and humiliating

    • Abeni Ebony November 16, 2009 at 7:59 PM

      I too experience the same issues while Im here at workin the U.S.. I log on to BellaNaija every morning to get updates on things..I anticipate seeing these issues fixed.

      Side note more importantly, Thank the Lord, Nkem is well, as he was in my prayers…Thank God for His goodness. We must keep these issues in continuance of prayer, as the lives of other Nollywood actors may be at stake in the future.

    • Lulu November 16, 2009 at 9:18 PM

      Me too! The website has a problem.

      Shameful Kidnappers.

    • Kemchi November 17, 2009 at 12:33 AM

      Phew! Thought it was just me, it takes forever for the pages to load!

    • designmaschinen November 17, 2009 at 4:06 AM

      at least he made it out safely…

    • Nk November 17, 2009 at 4:44 PM

      Hi Bella, Thanks for all your good work keep it up :-)

      Phew! Thank God he came out alive.Is a shame that “Kidnapping is so rampant in Nigeria now!!!” what a shame.

    • Clive November 17, 2009 at 11:22 PM

      Go on Nigerians! Keep on adding to the dented image some are trying hard to make positive. It’s a shame the police incomptence is screaming out here as kidnappers just collect ransomes and walk free…SHAME!!!

    • GOGOG November 17, 2009 at 11:46 PM

      looooooooooooool,,,,,,,,,,, dis is d new money spinning bizness!!!!!!!!!!
      I’M GOIN IN 2 GT MA SHARE, WHILE WE STIL AV A DEW ‘NOTABLES LEFT’

    • GOGOG November 18, 2009 at 9:36 AM

      WHICH SHAME??????????
      DIS IS THERE WAY OF GETTIN THERE OWN SHARE OF D CAKE!
      OR DO U WANT D JOBLESS YOUTH 2 ROT N DIE, WHILE ODAZ OPPRESS/SUPRESS WITH THERE LOOTED WEALTH.
      DO YOU KNOW WHAT D REAL SHAME IS:
      80% UNEMPLOYMENT (GOVT. FIGURES),
      ABJECT POVERTY PREVALENT ACROSS D LAND,
      NO ELECTRICITY, BAD ROADS,
      LACK OF SOCIAL AMENITIES……………………..
      ANYWAY OF REDISTRIBUTING D WEALTH IS WELCOME!

    • Hosy November 18, 2009 at 1:42 PM

      If only those responsible for this shameful acts will repent and focus on gaining their victory through God and realise that the arm of flesh will always fail…Nkem? Kidnapping is very bad but please when will the movie be out? Does anyone have gist on how it went with Nkem and his kidnappers? the story must be rib cracking atleast for the thought that there was a discount on the ransome paid. lol. Naija go must beta!

    • badmos November 18, 2009 at 3:15 PM

      this is craziness

    • duchess419 November 19, 2009 at 9:35 AM

      @GOGOG.. abeg, is it Nkem’ own fault that the youth is jobless? Is he not trying to make money for himself in a decent way that does not harm other people? Is he the government abi? these ur comments o… God punish all those who had a hand in his kidnapping under the pretense of joblessness. So does that give anyone the right to kidnap, thief and steal from those trying to earn an honest living, why not kidnap the people responsible..yes the government officials. ah ah!!

    • Ejike - london November 19, 2009 at 2:31 PM

      I think Osuofia next film should be about kidnapping. Lets call it ‘Ikuku’ where he obtains dangerous powers to disappear from this dangerous hudlums

    • corrina November 20, 2009 at 12:59 AM

      People need to work and earn a living instead of stealing other people’s hard earned money

    • Oge November 26, 2009 at 9:14 AM

      Thank God. Nigerian police shame on you and your leader. i spit on all of you. What a huge dissappointment that they could not round up this criminal. God forgive your rotten souls.

    • Neo- South Africa December 9, 2009 at 11:25 AM

      Im glad that he was released, but when does the system put an end to such things, ok a lot of our African countries have thier own problems regarding crime, but the systems kind put in place really make a difference. We cant do away with crime on a single day but I believe whatever measures taken they should at least be some percentage which indicates effective above avarage. What good is the death penalty going to do if its put in place, in my opinion criminals will make sure there are no witnesses to stand in court. Do not kill but think of better ways to rehabilitate people on the wrong. Instill skills and knowledge in people both criminals and the ordinary guy/girl in the street and create more jobs for the poor. Hunger causes Havoc. Any living creature would do anything to survive when hunger or starvation strikes but that gives no one any right to violate any other persons right. Im deeply sorrowed by all the cruelty that people do on others regardless of race, tribe, nationality, gender, age or sexuality.

    • ALPHONSUS UZOMA December 22, 2009 at 3:25 PM

      What is the work of nigerian law enforcement?well that can only happen in a lawless land like nigeria,those guys are not spirit,they are people we see everyday on the street,emergine after collecting 1.4mil. from Nkem,they still held his car for extra money not even afraid of police or afraid of God,men l am totally disapointed on Nigerian government,like me who has been in south africa for 4years l ve never seen such omen.l believe that we that live overs will be equiped when think of coming back to our mother land,please lam begging the government to do something about this,well if it needs intelligence,l believe that we are equal to the task

    • john April 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM

      These kidnappers should stop harrassing regular hard working citizens and nollywood stars and go after the one’s causing all of our economic problems. The retired military personell that are now carmoflagging as politicians with the intent to loot more of our treasury. They can also feel free to go after the local government chairs, senators, house reps and governors [all naija politicians] that deplete the funds issued for the maintenance of their districts which they seize and transfer to foriegn accounts and use in living their lavish lifestyles which they don’t deserve. Map out a solid plan to kidnap these individuals one at a time and after some time we should start seeing some improvement in the way our Nigerian system works. Maybe then one will consider what they are in it for when they join any political party with the intent on becoming the next vice president, deputy governor e.t.c. Go after the politicians and not the citizens of our great Naija. Think about it. John…Canada

    • pk March 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      oh this is shame, i only pray that it does not continue to happen, as some will see it as a good act of making money! god hide the actors/celebs as they are targets