Wike threatens to depose chiefs, LG boss over alleged abduction of expatriates

Wike threatens to depose chiefs, LG boss over alleged abduction of expatriates

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened to depose the chairman of Andoni Local Government Area of the State and withdrew the staff of recognition from the Chiefs in the area over the abduction of three expatriates. In the light of the above, the Governor has given 72-hour ultimatum to secure the release of three


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened to depose the chairman of Andoni Local Government Area of the State and withdrew the staff of recognition from the Chiefs in the area over the abduction of three expatriates.

In the light of the above, the Governor has given 72-hour ultimatum to secure the release of three expatriates on Saturday.

The governor’s directives are contained in a statement on Saturday by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, his Special Assistant on Electronic Media.

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RIVERS STATE GOVERNOR, NYESOM WIKE

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.

According to him, the River State government will 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.

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Governor Wike had in May 2019, dethroned the monarch of Khana, Monday Frank Noryaa, Gbenemene Baabe over a protracted cult related killings in the area.

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