Open Letter from Friends of Nkiru Sylvanus and Kenneth Okolie to the Inspector General of Police



Here is an open letter to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, from friends and colleagues of actors Nkiru Sylvanus and Kenneth Okoli.

Please read below;


Mr. Mohammed Abubakar,
Inspector General of Police,
Force Headquarters,
Louis Edet House,
Abuja, FCT

Dear Sir,


We write to formally inform your esteemed office of the kidnap, last Sunday, December
16th,  of  two  of  our  colleagues,  enterprising  entertainers,  Nkiru  Sylvanus  and  Kenneth
Okolie.  The  two  actors  were  in  Owerri,  Imo  State,  shooting  a  movie  when  they  were
forcefully  abducted  by  masked  gunmen.  Some  hours  later,  the  mindless  abductors
contacted family and friends of Ms Sylvanus especially demanding a N100m ransom. Up
till now, we cannot fathom the rationale behind their kidnap. And their abductors have
advanced none.

Perplexingly,  about  five  days  after  this  untoward  incident,  no  concerted  efforts,  as  far
sweat  and  toil  to  bring  joy  into  millions  of  homes  and  hearts  across  Nigeria  and  the
globe. Indeed, it is sad and heartbreaking.

It  is  even  more  worrisome  and  befuddling  considering  that  these  actors’  kidnap  is
coming  just  days  after  the  Police,  under  your  distinguished  leadership,  valiantly  and
commendably  went  all  out  for  the  kidnapped  82-year-old  mother  of  the  coordinating
result, as we all know, is that Prof Kimene Okonjo was returned home hale and hearty,
thanks  to  the  Police,  your  Police.  Are  Sylvanus  and  Okolie  lesser  citizens?  Are  they  no
longer Nigerians who you should be bothered about their safety and wellbeing? Don’t
another  name?  Or,  has  Nigeria  been  reduced  to  George  Orwell’s  Animal  Farm  where
some animals are more equal than others?

We,  the  Friends  of  Sylvanus  and  Okolie,  do  not  think  so.  We  just  believe  that  you
probably  are  swamped  with  protecting  the  lives  and  property  of  Nigerians  during
citizens of this great country.

Sir, Ms Sylvanus is one of the more popular and proficient role interpreters in Nollywood
(Nigeria’s  globally  acclaimed  movie  industry)  with  a  catalogue  of  seminal  movies  that
have shored up our rating as a filmmaking nation in the last 15years. Worthy of mention
so  much  reverence  and  renown  globally.  Apart  from  her  acting  career,  she  is  also  a
notable  philanthropist  who  donates  as  much  as  she  earns  to  motherless  babies  and

Mr.  Okolie,  on  the  other  hand,  won  the  Mr.  Nigeria  contest  in  2010  and  went  on  to
represent Nigeria at the Mr. World contest where he was second runner up. In his own
way, he has flown the flag of Nigeria in pride on global stages. He is also an actor and
singer and model. He is willing to do more to further make Nigeria proud but he can’t do
anything in captivity.

please deploy the same audacious expertise and refined gallantry that have become the
families  and  fans.  Of  course,  you  know  sir,  that  these  young  Nigerians  cannot  afford
done  fast,  we  fear  the  worst  for  Sylvanus  and  Okolie.  That  is  why  we  are  counting  on
you sir.

evolve  a  winning  and  redoubtable  strategy  to  protect  the  Nollywood  community  from
the  increasing  incidence  of  abduction  as  we  have  not  forgotten  so  soon  that  veteran
screen idols Nkem Owoh and Pete Edochie have traveled that tortuous and unpleasant
road before.

We wish to continue entertaining Nigerians and doing Nigeria proud with our art but we
cannot do so under an atmosphere of pervasive insecurity and vulnerability.

Please,  help  us  and  accept  the  assurances  of  our  profound  regards  and  promise  to
continue to be Proudly Nigeria.

God bless you.

God bless the Nigeria Police

God bless Nigeria


Friends of Nkiru Sylvanus and Kenneth Okolie

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