The Rivers State Police Command has rescued a Lebanese and Nollywood actor, Bilal Nosser, abducted in Imo State by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.
Nosser was rescued while his captors were taking him to Ndashi forest in the Etche LGA of Rivers State.
The police team attached to Okehi Police Station also arrested one of the kidnap suspects in a sting operation carried out on Saturday.
Nosser, who is popularly known as Mr B, was said to have been seized by his captors while he was in his Toyota Venza car, which was also recovered by the police.
However, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Joseph Mukan, in a statement, on Saturday, confirmed the operation and arrest of one of his captors identified as Faith Nwagor.
“Operatives of the Okehi Police Station led by the DPO in a sting operation last night stormed a forest in Ndashi, Etche Local Government Area, where they rescued Mr Bilal Nosser, popularly known as Mr. B.
“Bilal Nosser is a known Nollywood actor, who was kidnapped in Imo State and taken to a forest in Ndashi, where he was rescued by the DPO and his team.
”In the course of his rescue, one of the members of the gang by name Nwagor Faith ‘m’ who was keeping watch over him was arrested, while others fled. He has made useful confessions and named other members of his criminal gang.”
“Also, the Toyota Venza car belonging to the victim has been recovered,” Mukan said in a statement signed by the State Police Spokesman, Mr Nnamdi Omoni.
The state CP further disclosed that efforts had been intensified to arrest the fleeing members and recover their operational weapons
Mukan, however, appealed to members of the public, particularly the residents of Etche and Omuma LGAs to increase their security consciousness and report any suspicious movements and characters to the police.
Speaking on how he was abducted, Nosser said he was lured with a business by an unknown person who reached him through the telephone and told him he was giving him a hotel management business.
“In the morning, I saw a message in my iPad and the person said, ‘Mr B, please, call me, I have a message for you. The man’s phone appeared as I called him with my MTN line and he identified himself as Clifford.
“He said they have a new hotel for me to take over and that they also have a new movie for me to feature in, because they needed a white man to feature in it. He told me to meet him along Aba-Owerri Road.
“He sent his driver and we began a long journey. I asked the man where he was taking me to, but he answered; ‘Don’t worry, we will get there. Before you knew it, the guys were driving me in the car for 30 minutes, moving past many villages.
I never knew we had left Imo and entered Rivers. I started praying silently. At a point, I saw people coming out from the bush; and one of them was with a local pistol. They started hitting me with cutlass. This guy (pointing at the suspect) hit me seriously and you can see my swollen jaw,” Nosser said.
Speaking further, a terrified Nosser explained that his abductors threatened to cut him to pieces if he refused to transfer all his money to them.
“They threatened to cut me into pieces if I failed to transfer all my money to them through the ATM. I was shocked because in my 30 years in this country, I have never been attacked.
“It was when they saw a place that was blocked with a wood that one of them tried to remove it. While he was at it, a vigilante man came out from the bush and warned him not to remove the wood. I then used that opportunity to open the car door and began to run. Later on, many policemen came. That was how I was rescued.”