There was mild drama on Thursday at the headquarters of Rivers State Police command at Moscow road,Port Harcourt as two ‘Movie Producers’ protested that they are not kidnappers during a media briefing by the Commissioner of Police,CP Joseph Mukan.
The ‘movie producers’ Samuel Bobmanuel 21 years of age from Oroni in Akwa/Ibom and Justice Nwillgbara 25 years of age from Banni in Khana LGA of Rivers state started raising their voices immediate the CP read that two of them were notorious kidnappers who were planning to embark on kidnap mission at Rumuosi before they were arrested with carved wooden guns.
Their agitation drew the attention of Journalists who went to interview them after the Commissioner of Police, CP Mukan ended his briefing.
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.
Meanwhile a relative of the suspect Bobmanuel who identified himself as Posh expressed shock at the parade and tagging of his brother a kidnapper by the Rivers State Police Command.
Revelation Agents correspondent reports that the the two ‘movie producers’ were the only suspects who were not on handcuff out of the twenty three suspects paraded by the Police today.