Just in: Gov. Wike backs down on threats, frees 22 Exxon Mobile staff

The 22 members of staff of Exxon Mobile arrested for violating the Rivers State Executive Order restricting movement in the state were on Sunday set free.

Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Rivers State, Professor Zaccheus Adangor, who disclosed this, said they were released without charges.

The Exxon Mobile workers were arrested for entering the state in violation of the border closure ordered by Governor Nyesom Wike, on Thursday, 16 April.

The Governor, in a statement, on Friday vowed that the 22 workers of the American oil firm would be prosecuted as was down to two pilots and 10 passengers flown into the state by Caverton Helicopters.

However, the Attorney-General said the State Government will no longer press charges against them, following interventions by well-meaning Nigerians.

The Attorney-General of Rivers State noted that he monitored the release of the 22 Exxon Mobil at the State Isolation Centre at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

He noted the Rivers State Government remains committed to implementing the Executive Order issued to check the spread of coronavirus.

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