Controversy is now trailing the parade of two movie producers Samuel Bobmanuel and Justice Nwiigbara as kidnappers by the Rivers State Police Command. This is Just as a lecturer at the department of theater arts Federal College of Education Technical at Omoku in ONELGA has revealed that he gave the suspects Samuel Bobmanuel and Justice Nwillgbara the Woods carved like Guns to use for their movie production. The Lecturer said he also constructed it himself. The theater arts lecturer maintained that the movie Producers in duo of Samuel and Justice do not need any license from the Police since is not a real gun but a carved wood that looks like guns which they are using for movie production . He said they only need their ID as ACTING ACADEMIA. The lecturer who is a member of National Association of Theater Arts Practitioner of Nigeria and also their Technical personnel in Port Harcourt branch said he will stand by the movie producers.
It would be recalled that the Commissioner of Police CP Joseph Mukan had in a press briefing on Thursday said the duo of Samuel Bob Manuel from Oron in Akwa/Ibom and Justice NwiIIgbara from Baani in Khana Rivers state were notorious kidnappers arrested by men of Anti-kidnapping unit, Miniokoro at Rumuosi when they were planning to embark on kidnap mission.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr Bobmanuel explained that the men of Anti-kidnapping unit of Miniokoro saw his colleague Mr. Nwiigbara at Rumuosi during stop and search and collected his handset .
Mr. Bobmanuel disclosed that the Police saw the picture of NwiIIgbara with carved wooden AK 47 riffle and started interrogating him.
The movie producer stated that his colleague told the Police he was into film production and they brought his colleague to their office, Lavanz Film Academy opposite whiz oil at Rumuosi.
According to Bobmanuel, the Police arrested him and took all the carved wooden guns they used in producing a recent film ‘shooting spree’.
He said “I pleaded with them to allow me call my lecturer who own the carved wooden guns to bring the license but the Police refused and took me to a place where they snapped us with the carved wooden guns and throw us inside their cell’.
Explaining further,he said ” when I wanted to start the film production I approached Choba DPO to give us a realistic gun but he declined that we cannot use real guns”.
“I approached one of my lecturers since am a student of theatre art and he gave me his own carved wooden guns and promised to bring the licence if Police ask of it “.
The suspects regretted that the Police officers who arrested them at about 4PM yesterday(Wednesday) confiscated their phones and refused to allow them to call the theatre art lecturer who owns the carved wooden guns.