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Supreme Court bars AGF, RMAFC from Rivers/Imo oil well dispute

By Opara Justin

The Supreme Court has on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, restrained the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the Imo State Attorney General and other agencies from further actions over the disputed boundary between Rivers and Imo State bordering on the ownership of Akri and Mgbede oil wells.

The apex court gave the order on Wednesday following an ex parte motion filed by the Attorney General of Rivers State through his counsel, Emmanuel Ukala (SAN).

The court ordered the first and second defendants (AGF and Imo AG) and their agents, including RMAFC and the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) from giving effect to the letter from the office of the Chairman of RMAFC, with Reference Number RMC/O&G/47/1/264 dated July 1, 2021, directing a departure from the current 50/50 sharing formula applied to Rivers and Imo state in respect of revenue accrued, accruing or derived from the Akri and Mgbede Oil Wells/Fields, subject matter of this suit and in its place, directing deductions to be made from the revenue accruing from the said oil wells to Rivers State and in favour of Imo State.

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It also ordered the respondents, the AGF and Imo AG, to maintain status quo pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed by the plaintiff in a pending suit filed by Rivers State on June 16 this year.

In the suit, Rivers State challenged Imo State’s claim to some communities housing many oil wells.

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