Leadership (Abuja)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: Disputed Oil Wells - Rivers Accuses FG of Bias

The Rivers State Government yesterday pulled out of the peace talk initiated between it and the Bayelsa State Government to resolve the contentious issues raised over the disputed oil wells along the border towns of Oluasiri and Kula communities of the two states.

The Rivers State delegation led by the State Deputy Governor, Engr.Tele Ikuru, openly accused the various agencies of the Federal Government including the National Boundary Commission (NBC) of bias over the dispute and gave three conditions for true and acceptable resolutions to the conflict.

The Rivers Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, who spoke yesterday in Yenagoa at the Joint Meeting of Officials on the Bayelsa/Rivers Interstate Boundary, said though the state had approached a court of law and procured reasonable judgement, the decision of the National Boundary Commission and the Accountant-General of the Federation to release the revenue proceeds from the oil wells to Bayelsa State was a clear case of injustice.

Ikuru argued that to continue to allow the Bayelsa State Government to take full benefit of the revenue proceeds from the disputed wells while the NBC is in the middle of the delineation exercise is blatant injustice and therefore most unacceptable to the state.

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