Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has expressed happiness over federal high court judgment, ceding Soku Oil Wells to Rivers State, adding that the State Government would continue to fight and defend the interest of Rivers State in order to promote the welfare of her people.
Addressing journalists on the federal high court judgment which confirmed that Rivers State owns Soku Oil Wells, Governor Wike said it was a known fact that the Soku Oil Wells/Fields belong to the Rivers State, before they were illegally appropriated by the Federal Government for Bayelsa State.
“The judgment is very proper. I have said it several times that whatever belongs to Rivers State , its in our interest to fight for it collectively. That is what we are doing .
“Everybody knows that it is wrong that the federal government collected our Oil wells and ceded same to Bayelsa State. So, we took the right step by going to court.
“We sued the National Boundary Commission. By interpreting the Supreme Court judgment that for now since you’re unable to demarcate the boundary, then let the oil wells be in Rivers State where it used to be, pending when the National Boundary Commission is ready to implement the Supreme Court judgment .
“We are happy for what happened today. We don’t believe in fighting. We only believe in following due process. Thank God the Federal High Court has affirmed and they should pay us our money which they have collected. The revenue derivation should continue to be paid into Rivers State coffers . We are happy.” An elated Governor Wike said.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday declared, after considering all facts before the court, that the Soku Oil Wells/fields belonged to Rivers State.