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Bayelsa appeals Judgment on disputed oil Wells

Bayelsa State Government has appealed the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ceded some contentious oil wells to Rivers State.

The disputed oil wells are located between Bayelsa and Rivers.

The Solicitor General of Bayelsa, Mr. Preye Agada, who led the legal team in the state to file the appeal on behalf of the attorney-general, said  the state was seeking a stay of execution of the judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo on December 26, 2019 pending the resolution of the matter.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike, have been reacting differently over the judgement and other issues since last year.

Mr Agada said that Bayelsa was not served the processes in the suit before the said judgement was delivered.

The State solicitor general stressed that the state government, had also sought an order of the court to appeal the judgement as an interested party in the suit between the attorney-general of Rivers and National Boundaries Commission, NBC.

According to him, Bayelsa has written all relevant federal agencies, including Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, the Accountant General of the Federation, the chairman of Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC and NBC, to stay action on the enforcement of the judgement.

He argued that the contested oil wells, which Rivers describes as in Soku, are in Oluasiri in Bayelsa, claiming that Bayelsa had been receiving the 13 per cent derivation and other statutory allocations accruing from the oil wells for a long time.

He further said  Bayelsa government had been waiting for Rivers State and the NBC to cooperate with the Supreme Court’s directive to properly delineate the disputed areas once and for all.

The solicitor-general said it was rather regrettable that Rivers government, which pulled out of the boundary delineation exercise in 2013, covertly filed the action after years of inactivity.

The statement appeals to the people of the affected communities who are all Ijaw to await proper delineation of the boundaries, which it said did not have any effect on the historical ties and relationship between them.

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