Apex Court stops FG from ceding 17 oil wells to Imo

The Supreme court has granted an injunction restraining the Federal Government and its Agencies from ceding 17 Oil Wells located at Akri and Mbede communities of Rivers State to Imo State, pending the determination of the suit brought before it by the Rivers State government.

In a chamber ruling, the Supreme Court restrained the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Attorney-General of Imo State from taking further action on the ownership of the two Oil Wells till the disputes surrounding them were resolved.

The Apex Court also barred the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation from approving, implementing, or giving effect in any manner to a letter from the Commission’s office.

The Apex Court subsequently fixed the 21st of September, for a hearing of the substantive matter.

Reacting to the ruling, Rivers State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Isaac Kamalu expressed delight that the Apex Court had upheld the rule of law in its decision.

The Rivers State Government, through its Attorney General, had dragged the Attorney General of the Federation and the Attorney General of Imo State before the Supreme Court, praying for a declaration that the boundary between Rivers and Imo states as delineated on Nigeria’s administrative map 10th, 11th, and 12th editions and other maps bearing similar delineations are inaccurate, incorrect and do not represent the legitimate and lawful boundaries between the two states.

Ifeoma Nwovu

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