Following the Federal High Court ruling on December 26, 2019, in favour of Rivers State, over the ownership of the Soku Oil Wells, the Bayelsa State government has appealed the judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo.
Issuing the statement on Sunday, the Bayelsa State’s Solicitor General, Mr Preye Agada, said, apart from the appeal, Bayelsa State also filed an application to stay the execution of the judgment pending the determination of the appeal.
He argued that Justice Ekwo made an order against Bayelsa State while the state was not a party in the suit filed by Rivers State.
He said, “Bayelsa State was not served the processes in the suit before the lower court delivered the said judgment."
Agada revealed that Bayelsa State went before the Court of Appeal as an interested party affected by the outcome of the suit which was between the Attorney General of Rivers State and the National Boundaries Commission.
Meanwhile, Agada said Bayelsa State had written to all relevant federal agencies to stay action on the enforcement of the judgment, pending the outcome of the appeal.
The Solicitor General listed the agencies which included, the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice; the Minister of Finance; the Accountant General of the Federation; the Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, and the National Boundary Commission.
However, he appealed to the people of the affected communities, who are all Ijaw people, to await proper delineation of the boundaries.