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'Scam comic' kidnapped in Nigeria

Publicity shot for I go chop your dollar
The song I go chop your dollar satirises the greed of fraud victims

A prominent Nigerian comic actor who is famous for singing a song about e-mail scams has been kidnapped.

Nkem Owoh was last seen setting off on a highway in the east of the country, the head of the Nigerian actors' guild said.

Local media report that kidnappers have demanded a 15m naira ($98,300, £58,900) ransom for Mr Owoh.

He is the second actor to be kidnapped in the area. In August, Pete Edochie was seized and released a day later.

'Chop your dollar'

Mr Owoh is the star of at least 77 Nollywood films, with titles like Big Man... Big Trouble, and The Master - a film about e-mail fraud.

He also sang the song Oyinbo, I go chop your dollar, pidgin for "white man, I'm going to take your money", from The Master.

The song was banned from being played on the radio.

In the satirical film he plays an e-mail scammer who makes a living duping "greedy white people" with advance fee fraud e-mails.

He also starred in the Nollywood sales record-breaker Osuofia in London, a fish-out-of-water comedy about a man from rural Igboland trying to get by in London.

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