By Godson Ikiebey-
The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has given a 72-hour ultimatum to chiefs and leaders in Andoni local government area of the state to ensure the immediate release of three kidnapped expatriates.
This was disclosed on Saturday, June 8, 2019 by Simeon Nwakaudu, his special assistant on electronic media.
In a statement, he said that expatriates, who until their kidnap worked for Raffoul Nigeria Limited, were involved in the construction of the Unity Road in Andoni council area.
According to him, failure to secure the release of the expatriates at the expiration of the ultimatum would attract consequences.
The governor also threatened to withdraw the “recognition of all government recognised chiefs” in the area “and cancel the Andoni aspect of the Unity Road” if the expatriates were not released. He said:
“The same sanctions will be meted to other communities where chiefs and leaders allow project contractors to be kidnapped by youths”.
He directed other communities to take measures to protect contractors and workers executing projects for them.
The governor had in May, 2019 withdrawn the certificate of recognition of Monday Noryaa, a first-class traditional ruler of Khana, Ogoniland following his “indictment in cult-related activities”.