Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 July 2012

Nigeria: Oil Wells - Cross River to Return to Court

Calabar — Cross River State Commissioner for Information, Chief Akin Rickett, has said that the state is dissatisfied with the recent judgment of the Supreme Court which ruled that the controversial 76 oil wells belong to Akwa Ibom State, adding that it will return to court.

In a statement, Rickett said, "Again, as a state, we have decided to return to the judiciary to reclaim what rightly belongs to us so as to let history absolve us of sloppiness."

He maintained that the case has not been rested, adding that they have another opportunity to contest it.

"Our resolve to do this is hinged on safeguarding the future of Nigeria without getting tangled in a web of perfidious actions against the judiciary. The future of Nigeria and how we take off from here should be the overriding matter," he said.

According to the commissioner, the implications of the judgment to the Federal Government and by extension the state as a federating unit are many and sensitive.

"The first is that we have ceded both our national and international territorial waters, which naturally serve as commerce grounds for the country," he said.

He said if the situation is left the way it is, the country will lose control of naval ships coming into the country through the waters which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) called territorial waters.

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