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Akwa Ibom hails Supreme Court ruling on oil wells

10 July 2012, 13:27

Akwa Ibom - Akwa Ibom people on Tuesday jubilated over the ruling of the Supreme Court on the disputed 76 oil wells between Cross River and the state.

The ruling, which was in favour of Akwa Ibom, handed over the oil wells to the state.

Reacting to the ruling in Uyo, Edidiong Ebitu, a lecturer at the University of Calabar, said that the Supreme Court had done justice to the case.

Ebitu, who is also lawyer, said that the ruling was based on the principle of law and historical antecedents of the area.

He urged the two states to forge ahead as brothers and sisters.

In another reaction, the State Chairman of Conference of Nigeria Political Party (CNPP), Mr Linus Udofia, described the judgment as a welcome development.

Udofia said that the Supreme Court deserved kudos for doing justice to the case.

``I quite appreciate the gesture of the court for upholding the rule of law,’’ he said.

Also reacting, a member of Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio, a socio-cultural group in Akwa Ibom, Mr Etubom Jerry Emah, said that he never expected the Supreme Court to rule otherwise.

``The fact of the matter is that the oil wells belong to Akwa Ibom,’’ Emah said.

Similarly, the state Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Amadu Attai, described the judgment as landmark.

Attai said that the Akwa Ibom people were happy that the case was finally put to rest in favour of the state.

``It will make the government to concentrate on development and no longer be distracted,’’ he said.

Also reacting, a legal practitioner, Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko, said that the judgment represented the true position of the law.

``It has given superior consideration to the law above political situation,’’ Nwoko said.

He advised the state government to apply the expected resources judiciously for the growth of the state.

Nwoko also urged the two states to continue to live as brothers as usual.



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