Police Rescue Kidnapped Nollywood Actor in Rivers State: Rivers State Police Command has rescued a Lebanese and Nollywood actor, Bilal Nosser, who was abducted in Imo State by gunmen.
Nosser was rescued while his captors were taking him to Ndashi forest in Etche Local Government Area of the Rivers State by his abductors.
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, which was also recovered by the police.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mukan, in a statement, on Saturday, confirmed the rescue of the Lebanese 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 renowned 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 the name Nwagor Faith ‘m’ who was keeping watch over him was arrested, while others took to flight. He has made useful confessions and named other members of his criminal gang.
“Also, the Toyota Venza 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 via the following security numbers; 08032003514, 08103696460 and 08033396538.
Speaking on how he was abducted, Nosser said he was lured with a business by an unknown person who reached him through the phone and told him he was giving him a hotel’s management business.
“In the morning, I saw a message on 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 know 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 a cutlass. This guy (pointing at the suspect) hit me serious and you can see my swollen jaw,” Nosser said.
Speaking further, a terrified Nosser explained that his abductors threatened to cut him into pieces if he refused to transfer all his money to them.
According to him, “They threatened to cut me into pieces if I fail 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 now used that opportunity to open the car door and began to run. Later on, many policemen came. That was how I was rescued.