The people of the oil producing communities of Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State yesterday in Abuja accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Boundary Commission of planning to annex a portion of their land with oil fields in Rivers State to Bayelsa State.
A chieftain of the group, Chief Anabs Sara- Igbe, said with over 300,000 barrels of oil being produced from the communities, they would resist the plan.
In a petition signed by the Amanyanabo of Kalabari, Prof. J. T. J. Princewill and read by the chairman of Akulga Traditional Council in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Chief Emmanuel Awoyesuau-Jack, the community listed the oil fields to include those in Robert Kiri, Ekulama and San-Barth.
According to him, at the centre of the dispute are accruals from the oil and gas revenue emanating from communities, especially those from the Soku, Robert Kiri, Ekulama and Santa Barbara Oil Fields, which he said by constitution and historically are domiciled in Kalabari Territory in Rivers State.
Former Minister of Aviation and leader of Kalabari, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas said the group was fighting a just cause.