Soku Oil Well: Bayelsa Heads to Court
By Dipo Omoware
It seems the drama over the Soku Oil Wells is not going away anytime soon. The Bayelsa State government says it is heading back to court to challenge the ruling that awarded the wells in question to Rivers state.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bayelsa State Andrew Arthur called the judgment an “injustice” to the people of Bayelsa.
Nigeria Info had reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ruled that the disputed Soku Oil Wells belong to Rivers State, and not Bayelsa State.
The Commissioner however told Nigeria Info’s Emeka Ortuka that the Bayelsa State Government was not aware of any suit filed by the Rivers State Government concerning the Soku Oil Wells.
“Now this suit that was filed, we are not aware about this issue and ordinarily you would have expected that Bayelsa state would have been a party to such an act (but) we are not aware, we only got to know about it from the media after the judgment was given.”
He also accused the Rivers State Government of frustrating the delineation exercise by the National Boundary Commission between 2012 and 2013.
“The National Boundary Commission started the process of delineating the boundaries between Rivers state and Bayelsa state as it aligns within the Soku area; that was in 2012 to 2013. Rivers state in the course of the delineating voluntarily withdrew from the process.”
He assured Bayelsans that the state government would not go to rest and would contest the “decision of the Federal High court to the fullest extent.”
Additional report by Emeka Ortuka