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Nollywood Actor’s Kidnapped Wife, Son Regain Freedom

TEN days after they were kidnapped, the wife and one-year-old child of Nollywood star actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, have been released.

Okafor, who addressed a press conference in Enugu yesterday, could not hide his joy with the re-union with his family just as he told whoever cared to know that “today (yesterday) is my own New Year celebrations.”
The actor who narrated how his wife and child alongside a brother and sister in-law living with him were taken captive on January 4, said what he has passed through could only be imagined. “And I will not wish anybody to experience same in his life time. I passed through hell; infact, when I first got the story, I lost all networks in my head,” he said.
He explained all the four members of his family were initially whisked away before his two in-laws were later abandoned in his wife’s car along the Enugu/Port-Harcourt expressway.
Okafor disclosed that ransom was paid before they were released but declined to reveal how much he parted. He however noted that the initial ransom of N50 million was outrageous and he told the abductors he could not afford it.
“Even when they came down to N6 million I told them I didn’t have it, that if they can provide buyers I could sell one of the local airports to raise the fund. They cajoled me asking if all this Ibu I answer is an empty one,” he said.   The actor said he was able to raise the money through some of his friends.

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