The Enugu State Police Command has launched an investigation aimed at unraveling the whereabouts of missing Nollywood actress, Cynthia Okereke.
The command, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday, said “the current report at our disposal dwells on a case of abandoned and recovered vehicle, as well as missing person.”
He said that the vehicle was abandoned and recovered at Four-Corners on Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway, precisely within Ozalla community section of the road in Nkanu West Local Government Area, Enugu State.
The statement reads: “On July 29, at about 7:30a.m., we received information that a red-coloured Toyota RAV4 Jeep with registration number AGL 199 CY was noticed to have been parked in an abandoned way at Four-Corners on Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway.
“Hence, the location was visited and the vehicle recovered.
“Coincidentally, at about 11:30a.m., of same date, a report was further received stating that the vehicle belongs to one Cynthia Okereke (f), a Nollywood actress who was last seen on July 26.”
The police spokesman said that the report at the command’s disposal revealed that only one person was reported to be missing.
However, the Director of Communications, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Mrs Monalisa Chinda-Coker, said that the families of actress Okereke and actor Clenson Cornel confirmed that they had not returned home since leaving a film location at Ozalla community.
Chinda-Coker, in a statement, said: “The two members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Okereke and Cornel alias Agbogidi were suspected missing after their family members confirmed they didn’t come back from a film location at Ozalla community.
“The two members were suspected to have been kidnapped and this has increased fear among members about the safety of actors filming in the country.”
Reacting to the development, National President of the Guild, Mr Rollas Ejezie, instructed all actors to avoid going to the outskirts of cities to shoot films except full security cover was provided to ensure their safety.
He expressed shock over the ugly development, urging security agencies to speed up investigation that would lead to their safe rescue.