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 Oil well judgment won’t affect relationship with Bayelsa – Rivers

Oil well judgment won’t affect relationship with Bayelsa – Rivers


Rivers and Bayelsa states, on Thursday, reacted to the Supreme Court verdict on the disputed Soku oil wells.

The apex court, led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on Tuesday said the Bayelsa State Government, by seeking the nullification of the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered in favour of Rivers State, when the Court of Appeal had yet to rule on the disputed oil wells, was an abuse of court process.

While the Rivers State Government said the Supreme Court judgment, which struck out the suit filed by its Bayelsa counterpart, would not strain the relationship between the two states, the neighbouring state maintained that there was nothing unpleasant about its approach to the matter.

Speaking with one of our correspondents, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said Bayelsa remained a part of Rivers, noting that what happened was purely administrative issues.

“Bayelsa State is our sister state. We are not in conflict. These are purely administrative issues that need to be sorted out. That it is in favour of our state will cause any friction between the two states.

“Of course, His Excellency (Governor Nyesom Wike) has said it repeatedly that more revenue accruing to Rivers State means more development. Rivers people should look out because this will help embolden the financial muscle of the state government to embark on more development projects for our people,” Nsirim stated.

We’ll follow due process – Bayelsa

Also, the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Mr Ayibaina Duba, said the state had no misgivings about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike out the two suits the state filed to reclaim ownership of the disputed Soku oil wells.

Duba told The PUNCH that the Supreme Court simply advised Bayelsa to exhaust its appeal before the Court of Appeal before heading to the apex court.

The commissioner said, “As a state, we agree with them (the Supreme Court) to follow due process. As a government, we will follow due process. There is nothing unwholesome about our approach to it (the case) because we are already in the Court of Appeal.

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