Wike insists Soku oil well belongs to Rivers, not Bayelsa
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday declared that the disputed Soku oil wells belong to
Rivers State, as affirmed by a Federal High Court.
He said the court verdict was based on the admission by the National Boundary Commission that it erroneously
shifted the boundary between Rivers State and Bayelsa State,
Wike insists Soku oil well belongs to Rivers, not Bayelsa. The governor described as “unfortunate”, comments
by his Bayelsa State counterpart, Douye Diri,
on the ownership of the Soku oil well, located in the state, insisting that the oil well belongs to Rivers State.
The governor spoke when he received a delegation of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal
Commission on a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Wike described the allegations made against him by his Bayelsa counterpart as baseless.
“In 2002, NBC altered the boundary in the 11th Edition of the Administrative Map of Nigeria.
They made a mistake by shifting the boundary from River Santa Barbara to River St Batholomew.
At the Supreme Court, the NBC wrote a letter admitting their error.
The Supreme Court made an order for the NBC to correct the error of the 11th Edition in the 12th Edition,”
Wike said seven years after the Supreme Court gave the order, the NBC was yet to effect the correction.
He said that the preliminary report on the 12th Edition indicated that NBC made no attempt to obey
the order of the Supreme Court.“We had to sue the NBC to enforce the order of the Supreme Court,
where they were directed to ensure that the Boundary Between Rivers and Bayelsa State is River Santa Barbara.