22 oil workers taken into custody by the Rivers State Government on arrival to the State from Akwa Ibom State have regained their freedom.

The Government which earlier announced that they were being quarantined said through its Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice that the workers were now free.

The government said the release of the Exxon Mobil workers was based on appeals made by well meaning Nigerians who intervened between it and the Federal Government.

Wike had vowed during a news conference that the workers, would be charged to court for violating an executive order issued by the State Government.

In the meantime, workers in the oil industry have shelved their plan to embark on a protest due to the actions of the Rivers State Government.

Pengassan said it was ING back its plan because of the release of their colleagues who had held in the Rivers State capital.

We cannot however confirm if the order to free staff of Exxon Mobil covers the airmen who are also being held.

Wike had told news men in Port Harcourt that Calverton Helicopters has been begging for mercy.

Across the State, many are heaving sighs of relief as what could have snowballed into a face off between the Rivers government and the Federal Government de-escalates.

Senator Magnus Abe had cautioned Governor Nyesom Wike against engaging in any action which could lead to crisis at this time.

Chris Finebone, spokesman of the APC in the State had taunted Wike over the release of the oilmen.

He said he hoped that someday Wike would tell the real story behind his decision to free the men.