Rivers floors Bayelsa over Soku Oil wells


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the transfer of Soku Oil wells to Rivers State.

Rivers and her neighbouring state Bayelsa have been locked in a bitter legal battle over the Soku oil wells located at Akuku- Toru Local Government of Rivers State.

 Justice Inyang Ekwo who delivered judgment in the suit filed by Rivers State ordered the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to rectify the error in its 11th edition of Administrative Map, which designated San Bartholomew River as the boundary between the two states, instead of River Santa Barbara.

 The error which was first noticed in the in the 11th edition of Administrative Map produced by the NBC in 2002 and it promised to rectify it  in its 12th edition when the error was pointed out by  Rivers State

 However when the NBC failed to rectify it as promised the Rivers State Government filed a suit against the Attorney-General of Bayelsa State and the Attorney-General of the Federation before the Supreme Court in 2009. The Supreme Court in 2012 ruled in favour of Rivers State and ordered the rectification of the error.

As at August 2019,fy the error the failure of NBC to rectify forced  Rivers State Government to again institute a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja this time against the Commission seeking an order of mandamus compelling it to correct its error.

 Justice Ekwo who granted the plaintiffs prayers ordered the NBC to immediately produce the 12th edition of the Administrative Map restoring River Santa Barbara as the inter-state boundary between Rivers and Bayelsa States, as it was in 1996 when Bayelsa State was carved from Rivers State.

He also ordered that the judgment be served on the relevant statutory bodies for them to immediate recompute the amount of oil revenue accruable to it with the transfer of the Soku oil field to it.