An expatriate kidnapped in Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday, April 30, Mr Gasser Nasser, has recounted his ordeal after he was rescued by the police on Friday.
For 17 days, he said, he lived on bread and banana.
Nasser is of the Zenith Construction Company, Mbiaya, in Uruan local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
Narrating his ordeal, he said he was inside his car in Uruan local government area when a vehicle with registration number UKW 707 pulled up in front of his car.
According to him, three young men alighted from the vehicle and shot at his vehicle, killing the police sergeant attached to him.
He said they later forced him into their vehicle and took him to an unknown destination.
His words: “I thought they were ordinary people until one of them shot inside our vehicle and killed the police man who was with me.
“They later dragged me into their own car and sped off into the bush, I was there till today when the Nigeria police came to rescue me. I ate banana and bread for 17 days.”
Speaking on his rescue, the Police Public Relations’ Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, of the Akwa Ibom State police command, disclosed to journalists that three of the suspected kidnappers who attempted to escape during the rescue operation were gunned down by the police.
“On May 17, Special Anti Robbery Squad operatives of the command, rescued a foreign national, one Gasser Nasser.
“A staff of the Zenith Construction company, Mbiaya, Uruan, who was abducted on Tuesday, April 30, by hoodlums who shot and killed one Sgt. Kabir Mohammed of 26 Mobile Police Force, but attached to Zone 6 for special duty, and carted away his AK-47 riffle.
“The hoodlums responsible for the kidnap have been involved in high profile kidnapping and murder cases in the state over the years.
“This include the kidnapping of retired Gen. Edet Akpan, the killing of his Royal Highness, Robert Obot, the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubuim, the killing of Dr Udosen of St. Lukes Hospital, Anua among others.
“The suspects were also involved in a lot of robberies around Uyo and Calabar, and three suspects who were attempting to escape during the rescue operation were gunned down,” Macdon said.