Monday, December 6, 2021

Supreme Court to hear suit between Imo and Rivers over oil wells in January

The Supreme Court has fixed January 17, to hear an application challenging its jurisdiction in a suit instituted by Rivers State Government seeking to stop the federal government from relinquishing 17 oil wells to Imo state.

The Rivers State government had filed a suit at the apex court against the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Imo State Government seeking to declare as inaccurate and incorrect, the delineation of boundaries between Imo and Rivers on Nigeria’s administrative map and other maps bearing similar delineations.

A seven-man panel led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun on Monday slated January 17, 2022, to hear both Imo State government’s motion on notice challenging the jurisdiction of the apex court and the AGF’s counter-affidavit against Rivers State’s writ of summons.

Counsel to Imo State government, Olusola Oke and counsel to AGF, Remi Olatubora, argued in court on Monday that their motions challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the competence of the suit ought to take precedence over the main suit.

Mr Olusola argued that the Rivers State government was supposed to file the suit at a Federal High Court and not the Supreme Court since the suit is challenging the action of some federal government agencies and not the Federal Government itself.

However, Rivers State’s counsel told the court that their summons for direction by the court in streamlining the various applications is supposed to take precedence.


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