Saturday, 15 December 2007


Information reaching us from Portharcourt,Rivers State,Nigeria's major oil state, has it that the state governor, Mr.chibuike Amaechi is seriously negotiating with the kidnappers of professor Nimi Briggs, the former Vice-Chancellor of university of PortHarcourt and presently, the chairman of Rivers State independent electoral commission.
Reliable sources in the governor's office informed us that the kidnappers had called the governor on his cell phone while on a sympathy visit to the home of the kidnapped professor.
The initial demand according to our sources was one hundred million naira ransome, this however, was reduced to seventy million naira and an additional demand to appoint some of the governor's political opponents into some key positions in the state executive council was made.
At the time of posting this report,Mr. Amaechi is said to be ready to pay fifty million naira and have not made any commitment regarding giving appointments to his political opponents.
Mr. Amaechi who was recently installed governor by the supreme court of Nigeria, have been ruffling the feathers of his political opponents.
The governor recently took steps which observers believed was a prelude to probing the administration of his predecessor and that of his political godfather, Mr.Peter Odili.
In a related development,a cross section of observers of the recent kidnapp episode who spoke to our reporter, are of the opinion that Mr. Amaechi who was the speaker of the Rivers State house of assembly, helped directly or indirectly to set up these kidnapp squads to intimidate political opponents.