Rivers State Defeats Bayelsa on the Supreme Court docket
A ruling on the controversial Soku oilfield has been delivered by the Supreme Court docket of Nigeria.
The Supreme Court docket struck out a go well with in opposition to Rivers filed by the Bayelsa Authorities over the disputed Soku oilfield.
The court docket mentioned Bayelsa was liable to abuse of court docket processes by asking it to make judicial pronouncements on a matter that the Court docket of Enchantment had but to adjudicate on.
Bayelsa approached the Supreme Court docket after a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja ordered it to refund the 13 % derivation it had acquired through the years from the disputed Soku oilfield to Rivers.
The Particular Assistant, Media to Rivers Governor, Kelvin Ebiri, in a press release, mentioned on the resumed listening to of the matter on Tuesday, Justice Ngwuta, who led a panel of seven justices, questioned why Bayelsa determined to file a go well with on the apex court docket bypassing the Court docket of Enchantment.
Ngwuta noticed that Bayelsa jumped the gun insisting that the apex court docket couldn’t make pronouncement on a judgment that was given by a Federal Excessive Court docket when the appellate court docket had not entertained the matter.
He defined the Supreme Court docket lacks the jurisdiction to make orders on on a matter straight coming from the Excessive Court docket and requested to take its grievances to the Court docket of Enchantment.
The Bayelsa State authorities by means of its Lawyer, Kemsauode Wodu, utilized for a proper withdrawal of the go well with and it was struck out by the Supreme Court docket.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, had whereas delivering judgement in a go well with filed by the Legal professional-Common of Rivers State in opposition to the Nationwide Boundary Fee, had declared that the Soku oilfields belonged to Rivers.
Ekwo famous the failure and refusal of the Nationwide Boundary Fee to rectify the admitted mistake within the 11th version of the executive map of Nigeria since 2002, which erroneously confirmed St Batholomew River as an alternative of River Santa Barbara because the interstate Boundary between Rivers and Bayelsa States ,was a breach of fee’s statutory responsibility and a flagrant disobedience of the order of the Supreme Court docket contained in its judgment delivered on October 10, 2012.
The choose defined the continued reliance on the mentioned faulty 11th version of the executive map of Nigeria by the opposite authorities businesses/statutory our bodies, notably, the Income Mobilisation , Allocation and Fiscal Fee (RMAFC) and the Accountant Common of the Federation within the computation of income accruable to Rivers from the Federation Account resulted within the continued unjust denial of derivation funds accruing from the Soku oil wells situate inside Rivers State to the detriment of the state authorities.
Ekwo directed that discover be served of the choice of the Court docket on the RMAFC and the Accountant Common of the Federation.
The choose mentioned the Nationwide Boundary Fee (NBC) couldn’t unilaterally delineate boundaries between Rivers and Bayelsa after the Supreme Court docket judgment on the matter and in addition dismissed an objection to the go well with raised by the NBC.