Akpabio lauds Supreme Court’s ruling on oil wells

Channels Television  
Updated July 10, 2012

The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Godswill Akpabio and federal lawmakers from the state have applauded the judgement of the Supreme Court which declared the state as the owner of  76 oil wells in the Atlantic ocean.

An elated Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio

Reacting to the judgement, the elated governor described the apex court’s decision as ‘no victor no vanquished’.

The governor promised to assist the government and people of Cross River state whenever the need arises saying indigenes of the two states are brothers and sisters

Federal lawmakers from Akwa Ibom also praised the judgment and promised that the revenue from the oil wells will be used to develop the state.

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Akwa Ibom state and the National Boundary Commission that since the handing over of the western Bakassi to Cameroun in 2008, the plaintiff, Cross River state, is no longer a littoral state and hence, cannot benefit from the oil wells.

But the last may not have been heard about the disputed oil wells as the government Cross River state has filed a motion challenging the authenticity of a map submitted by the Nigeria Boundary Commission.

Cross River claim that the map was doctored and as such the judgement should be upturned