Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has given the chiefs and leaders of Andoni Local Government Area, a 72-Hour ultimatum to ensure the immediate release of three kidnapped expatriates.
This came few hours after the Rivers State Police Command confirmed the kidnap of three expatriates in the state.
Governor Wike said failure to secure the release of the three kidnapped expatriates at the expiration of the ultimatum; he will formally withdraw the recognition of all government-recognised Chiefs in the Local Government Area and cancel the Andoni aspect of the Unity road project.
According to Channels TV, the Governor further stated that other communities across the state must take measures to protect contractors and workers executing projects for them.
He added that the same sanctions will be meted out to other communities where chiefs and leaders allow project contractors to be kidnapped.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the workers were on site at the reconstruction of the Andoni Unity Road, when unknown gunmen stormed the area and whisked them away.
He added that the incident is being seriously investigated.