Rivers  Wins Back Soku Oil Field From Bayelsa
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Rivers Wins Back Soku Oil Field From Bayelsa

David Ugbabe

Justice Inyang Ekwo at the Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the transfer of Soku oil field from Bayelsa State after a suit instituted by Rivers State.

The judge, on Monday, made the order following the error in National Boundary Commission's 11th edition of Administrative Map, which designated San Bartholomew river as the boundary between the two states, instead of River Santa Barbara.

The error was said to have surfaced in the 11th edition of Administrative Map produced by the NBC in 2002. Hence, Justice Ekwo ordered the organization to make rectification.

Recall that in 2012 the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of Rivers State and ordered the rectification of the error.

However, by August 2019, when the mistake had yet to be corrected, Rivers State Government instituted a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja solely against the NBC, seeking an order of mandamus compelling it to correct its error.

The commission was, therefore, ordered to immediately produce the 12th edition of the Administrative Map restoring River Santa Barbara as the inter-state boundary between Rivers and Bayelsa States. This takes the map back to how it was in 1996 when Bayelsa State was carved from Rivers State.

Justice Inyang Ekwo added that the NBC was duty-bound to obey the July 10, 2012 judgment of the Supreme Court, and ordered the organization to immediately correct its self-admitted error.

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