Soku oil wells: Bayelsa and Rivers to resume hostilities.

The government of Bayelsa state has clarified that the verdict of the Supreme Court over disputed oil wells in, Soku, didn’t cede the oil wells in the area to Rivers state.

Bayelsa state Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Ayibaina Duba, made the clarification in a statement on Friday.

According to, Duba, the Supreme Court, only advised Bayelsa State to wait for the ruling of the Court of Appeal which it(Bayelsa state) had instituted seeking to nullify the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered in favour of River state, adding that the Supreme court didn’t rule on the substance of the matter before it.

“Justice Sylvester Ngwuta felt by filing another application before the Supreme Court on a similar matter was an abuse of court process. So, the apex court, in its wisdom, felt it was appropriate for the Appeal Court to determine the matter before we could approach the highest court of the land, if necessary. That is the exact position.

It is, therefore, wrong for anyone to create the erroneous impression that the apex court gave judgement in favour of Rivers when that was not the case.

Besides, the dispute does not amount to strain in the relationship between Bayelsa and Rivers states. The issue for determination is purely administrative.”






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