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Actor Pete Edochie Kidnapped, Ransom Paid, Now Released – UPDATED

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Pete Edochie KidnappedOne of Nigeria’s most respected actors, Pete Edochie was kidnapped yesterday on the Afor-Nkpor road, near Onitsha. The actor was on his way from his home in Enugu to an event in Onitsha when his car was ambushed and then he was abducted. The police and the governor’s of both Enugu and Anambra are aware of the situation. They are working towards identifying his current location and securing his release.
This is really a sad situation, when the news broke late last night, we at BN were hoping that there would be happier news by the morning but this has not happened yet.
Another example of the desperation and lack of rule of law in Nigeria. Pete and his family are in our prayers and we hope he is rescued today.

UPDATE – 12.10AM August 18

Pete has now been freed after an undisclosed ransom was paid. According to some unconfirmed reports, the kidnappers demanded 10 million naira as ransom, no word on what amound was eventually paid.

25 Comments

  1. THE AMAKA

    August 17, 2009 at 10:55 am

    thank you bella!
    i knew you would post this sooner or later.
    this is so sad! i cant believe it.
    this shows that if they can kidnap him those people can pretty much kidnap anyone. 😐
    i dont like this, let them release him QUICK unharmed.
    i wonder what his sexy son is going through right now.
    sha!
    they are most likely going to ask for a ransome, but they just want to torture him first since he’s rich. (probably)
    they better bring him back alive!
    Nigeria, ooo!!!

  2. Joke

    August 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Where are we heading with this kidnap rubbish? Everybody in nigeria is looking for quick cash and they all blame it on economic hardship. The reality of life is you must work hard to earn a living even abroad. I think the death penalty for kidnapping should be enforced nationally. We can’t continue to live our lives in fear.

  3. Jude Isioma N

    August 17, 2009 at 11:34 am

    What is going on? No respect for our most illustrious citizens! God help us!!

  4. Cynthia

    August 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    What a lack of respect. I hope they find him safe and sound. This is one of Africa’s veteran actors we are talking about, kai!

  5. liondisciple

    August 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    @Jude Isioma
    …why single out “most illustrious citizens”? That shouldn’t be the subject. Infact that’s where our problems lie in Nigeria. I’m beginning to wonder when illustrious citizens became the majority in Nigeria. What about the common man on the street. Let’s go to the root to face the issue… ” no respect for citizens and the law”. A country’s security shouldn’t not be seen as sectionalized. SIMPLE as that. (let’s be reasonable with our comments)

  6. Benco

    August 17, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Well let put this straight……Let the kidnappers leave the entertainment industry alone and go for politicians cause they put us and our country in this mess…..Secondly If political figures are never kidnapped…the problem of kidnapping will never be looked into …simple. We the common people are suffering. May GOD help us.

  7. jennie

    August 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    this is terribly sad

  8. Derin

    August 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    abi ooo..am sure similar issues as this apen everyday buh dey onli respond cos d victim is in d limelight!! nyways hope he is found safe nd sound!!

  9. Kpakpando Nwanyi

    August 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Naija sef na wa. Lazy touts every where from top to bottom. Kidnapping has become the next big business, no more talks about containers on high seas, tufiakwa.

  10. Andy ANC

    August 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Eish….scared of going to Nigeria now…How can I be scared of going back to my country? Its painful…..Scared of being kiddnpped. Heard news of such long ago and now it brings so much.

  11. ABUBAKAR J

    August 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    It’s absolutely wrong

  12. kemi

    August 17, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I pray he is found safe and sound. My prayer and thought with him and his family. May God touch the heart of his abductors not to hurt him.

  13. missy

    August 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    totally agree wiv u.

  14. frank

    August 17, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    This issue of Kidnapping, i now have come to believe that Our leaders are the co-sponsors of this kidnappers., Were is NIGERIA HEADING TO? WHY ARE THIS MEN SCARING AAWAY VISITORS & INVESTORS THAT WILL HELP DEVELOP IGBO LAND. IS THIS THE GAME PLAN OF OUR LEADERS? PLS KIDNAPPERS, GOD IS GOING TO POUR HIS WRATH ON YOU.

  15. tatafo!

    August 18, 2009 at 2:30 am

    well said!!
    this whole thing is such a shame

  16. Kike86

    August 19, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    THIS IS MADNESS, WE THANK GOD THEY FREE HIM SHA. PPL ARE SO WICKED OO

  17. oreye chris

    September 15, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    my comment concerning this kidnaping stuff is. i want government to provide job for the graduates and u cant expect somebody to spend alot of money in the school and time after that there not job u be expecting such person to be happy that is tabu my brother and sister we want government to ptovide jobs for the graduates that is my comment

  18. gennipher

    December 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    thank God he’s free now

  19. shenzy

    September 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    come on nigerians; show some respect wat is it. gosh. :<

  20. chinaemer

    December 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

    woo! very sad, how can they kidnapped a man whom i respect most in the whole actors, government should do something oooooooooo!

  21. Raycandy

    January 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Dis 9ja is turnin anoda thing.

  22. Raycandy

    January 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Dis 9ja is turnin 2 anoda thing.

  23. Wobga Eric

    March 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I thing a tied security should be provided to great people like Pete and the rest who are making our great nation & continent proud, it was Nkem Owoh b4 now it is Pete, who know who will be the next target.

  24. miriam godwin

    April 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    govt are the cs of all dis nonsense. HOW can a graduate finish his or her schooling without getting job opportunity,let ponder a little on these question before i continue. will they reline hungry?of which the answer is NO, even the bible said it that an idle mind is the devil workshop,so they see themselves indulged in all these things.

  25. protus okello

    June 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    awawoo! this kidnappers they a go face it in hell! oga God will purnish dem! May holy ghost fire pursue them! Cheers you are free Papa Nollywood!

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