kidnapped expatriates: Wike gives Andoni chiefs, LG boss 72-hour ultimatum

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Saturday gave a 72 – hour ultimatum to chiefs and leaders in Andoni Local Government Area to ensure the immediate release of three kidnapped expatriates .
The governor ’ s directives are contained in a statement on Saturday by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu , his Special Assistant on Electronic Media .

According to the statement , the expatriates , who until their kidnap worked for Raffoul Nigeria Limited , were involved in the construction of the Unity Road in Andoni council area .

Wike warned that failure to secure the release of the expatriates at the expiration of the ultimatum would attract consequences from his administration .

Wike also threatened to formally 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 further directed that other communities must take measures to protect contractors and workers executing projects for them .
“ The same sanctions will be meted to other communities where chiefs and leaders allow project contractors to be kidnapped by youths , ” he warned .
( NAN)

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