Soku Oil Well: Residents Express Joy
By Dipo Omoware
Residents of Soku community in Rivers state are still celebrating the recent court judgment which awarded them the disputed Soku Oil Wells.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Monday ruled that the Soku Oil Wells belong to Rivers State, and not Bayelsa State.
Reacting to the judgment, Community Development Committee Chairman of Soku community, Lewis Wariboko said the judge had delivered a “landmark judgment.”
“My community, Soku community is seriously in jubilation right now. We believe that this landmark judgment translates into giant developmental strides for the people of Soku and for the people of rivers state at large.”
The community leader also said they would be holding a press conference to “appeal to the Federal government to quickly implement the judgment.”
Lewis expressed optimism that the ruling would facilitate the “developmental strides for the present government” in the state.
Also reacting to the judgment, President of Kalabari Youth Federation, Livingstone Membere described it as a “thing of joy” for the people of Soku community and Rivers state at large.
“To Rivers state it is a thing of joy that the error made by the National Boundary Commission has been corrected by the court. It translates to more funding for development activities in the state.”
He further appealed to Rivers State Government to “carry out commensurate development projects” within the community.
Additional report by Joshua Rodgers.