Lebanese national in Owerri rescued from kidnappers in Rivers community


* As community youths intercept movement

By Gladys Nweke

The youths of Egbelubi in Ndashi community in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State,   rescued a white man who was kidnapped in Owerri, Imo State yesterday night.

The kidnappers while looking for where to hide their victim, drove down to  Egbelubi Ndashi which is the boundary between Imo and Rivers states. It was gathered that the community youths intercepted them and the driver and other criminal gangsters took to their flight leaving the one that ought to watch their victim.

An eye witness, Mr John Eke, told Silver News online that when they saw the vehicle coming from Imo State to their community, that they stopped the vehicle and queried where they were heading to in the lockdown period.

Mr Eke noted that it was because they barricaded the road because of the governor’s order on border closure that helped them if not, the gang would have escaped with their victim. They said they alerted the Okehi police division.

A Lebanese and  renowned Nollywood actor, Bilal Nosser, popularly known as Mr B, narrating his ordeal to the PPRO of the state command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said operatives of  Okehi Police Division led by the DPO in a sting operation last night stormed Ndashi in Etche LGA, where they rescued Nosser.

The statement said in course of his rescue, one of the members of the gang named Nwagor Faith who was keeping watch over the victim, was arrested while others took to flight, adding that the suspect has made useful confessions and named other members of his criminal gang.

Bilal who narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors said he was invited for a business by one Clifford who asked his driver to come and pick him, adding that his ordeal started from there.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan, appealed to the public, particularly the residents of Etche and Omuma LGAs to increase their security consciousness and promptly report any suspicious movements and characters to the Police via the following security numbers:  08032003514, 08103696460, 08033396538

A Toyota Venza car belonging to the victim has been recovered, while efforts have been intensified to arrest the  fleeing members and recover their operational weapons.