In News by stephen abiodun on the 30th, September, 2020

Rivers, Bayelsa governors conflict over Soku Oil Nicely

Rivers, Bayelsa governors clash over Soku Oil Well

RIVERS and Bayelsa states have renewed their hostilities over the possession of the Soku oil fields in Akuku-Toru Native Authorities Space and the income accruing from it.

Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri faulted the cost of the income from the Oil Nicely to Rivers regardless of the state’s enchantment towards a judgment ceding the useful resource to Rivers.

However his Rivers counterpart Nyesom Wike, disagreed.

He described Diri’s name to halt the continuing remittance of Soku’s income to Rivers as unlucky.

The Federal Excessive Court docket in December 2019 declared that the oil wells belong to Rivers.

It ordered the Income Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Fee (RMAFC) to pay income from the oil fields to the state.

Wike, who spoke when a delegation of RMAFC, led by Alhaji Mohammed Usman, visited him in Authorities Home, Port Harcourt, insisted that the oil wells belonged to Rivers.

He urged RMAFC to proceed paying the income to his state.

Wike mentioned: “It’s unlucky that the Bayelsa State Governor instructed you whenever you visited him that you shouldn’t pay us income from Soku Oil Nicely.

“The matter was on the Supreme Court docket when the Nationwide Boundary Fee admitted that they made an error of their 11th version publication by situating Soku Oil Nicely in Bayelsa State.

“They have been, due to this fact, directed to right the error of their 12th version publication. When additionally they didn’t right it, we had to return to the Federal Excessive Court docket.

“The courtroom, in its knowledge, directed that each one income accruing from Soku Oil Nicely must be paid to Rivers State. That’s the place.

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“For Bayelsa State governor to return as much as say that you shouldn’t pay us our cash is unlucky.

“If they’ve filed a matter on the Supreme Court docket, it isn’t an injunction to cease the implementation of the subsisting judgement.”

Diri, who had earlier the RMAFC delegation in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, flayed the deductions in favour of Rivers.

He mentioned the motion was tantamount to ceding Bayelsa territory not directly to Rivers.

He urged the fee to revisit its choice till the Supreme Court docket decides the boundary dispute.

He lamented that the motion considerably affected the state’s allocation for this month.

Diri mentioned: “The motion by the fee is tantamount to ceding part of Bayelsa to Rivers, which might breach the peace between each sister states.”

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