Supreme Court Stops FG From Cediing 17 Oil Wells To Imo

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The Supreme Court today granted an interim order restraining the Federal government and any of its agencies from ceding 17 disputed oil wells located at Akri and Mbede to Imo state, pending the resolution of a boundary dispute brought before the Apex court by Rivers State government.

The ruling which was made in a chamber ruling by the Supreme Court was argued via an ex-parte application argued by Mr Emmanuel Ukala (SAN).

Following the arguments, the apex court restrained the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and the Attorney General of Imo state from taking any further action on the ownership of the disputed 17 oil wells till the boundary disputes surrounding them are resolved

The Apex court also barred the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and the Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, and the office of the Accountant General of the Federation from approving, implementing, or giving effect in any manner to a letter from RMAFC office, with reference number RMC/O&G/47/1/264 of July 1, 2021, which canceled the equal sharing of proceeds from the 17 oil wells by Rivers and Imo states.

The Rivers State government also seek for a declaration that the boundary between Rivers state and Imo state, as delineated on Nigeria administrative map , 10, 11 and 12 editions and other maps bearing similar delineations are inaccurate, incorrect and do not represent the legitimate and lawful boundaries between Rivers and Imo State.

The plaintiff also seek a declaration that as far as Nigeria’s administrative map 10,11 and 12 editions and other maps bearing similar delineations, relate to the boundaries between Rivers and Imo, the said maps are unlawful and void, cannot be relied on to determine the extent of the territorial governmental jurisdiction of Rivers state and to determine the the revenue accuring to Rivers State from the federation account, including the application of the principle of derivation and other revenue allocation principles as contained in the 1999 Constitution among others.

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