BY MARY KUYE
Mr Bilal Nosser(a.k.a Mr B.), a Lebanese-Nigerian Nollywood Actor who based in Owerri, Imo state has hailed the Nigerian Police for their rapid response in rescuing him from kidnappers.
He appealed to the Federal and State government to adequately equip the police in Nigeria for better service delivery, adding that the Police in Nigeria is committed to their job.
Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, Nosser explained how he was lured out of his residence in Owerri to the scene of the crime by fake business and film acting proposal offered by a suspected leader of the criminal gang.
His words: “I woke up around 9 a.m on Friday, after my Ramadan fasting and night prayers, I saw a message on my iPad Phone, that said, Mr B, please call me I have a business for you.
“I dialled the number, his photograph pooped up, then I asked who he was, he introduced himself as Mr Clifford and quickly added that he has a business for me.
He continued, there is this new hotel we will like you to take over its management and again we are also making a new film, we need a White man and we know that you are an actor and stays at Owerri, so you have to come over let’s discuss it.
“He then told me where I will meet with his driver somewhere around Imo Airport junction, who will come and bring me to the said hotel for me to see it and thereafter, we discuss the business.
“Mr Clifford gave the driver my phone number, and equally gave mine to him (the driver), when I got to the place (Arab contractors), I called the driver and informed him that I was there, in less than two minutes the driver was already standing before me, he asked if I was Mr B. I said yes.
”We continued to run inside lonely bush part, in villages, I began to pray inside of me, then we got to an isolated area, some persons rushed out from the forest, they began to beat me with a cutlass, they had one locally-made gun.
”They were beating me all over, my mouth, face, back, neck they were saying, today you are in problem, all the money you have in your bank account you must use your ATM to transfer all to us today otherwise we will cut you into pieces, they continued to hit me.
“I was shocked confused over what was happening because in the last 30 years I have been in this country, Owerri precisely, I have never been attacked any day.
“After those people that beat me, joined us in the car, they were pushing and hitting me to enter the car, by now the vehicle was tight, they were three in number, I managed to squeeze myself in the middle.”
Meanwhile, the police spokesman also said that the team recovered a Toyota Venza car belonging to the actor from his abductors.
Omoni said that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mukan, had appealed to the members of the public to be vigilant and report suspicious movements and persons to the police.