- Bala Mohammed of Bauchi has responded to rumours that the oil well between the state and Gombe is causing conflict
- Governor Mohammed said that there is no such rift or feud between the states over the oil well
- The Bauchi governor rather said that the oil well is a blessing to both states
The governor of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, has responded to claims that there is a feud between the state government and Gombe over an oil well along a shared boundary.
Governor Mohammed told journalists in Abuja recently that both states do not have to struggle or battle over ownership of the oil well, Leadership reports.
He said: “The oil well is for God’s glory and for the benefit of Bauchi and Gombe States. Anything on the border communities is for both sides.
"We are brothers and sisters and we have lived together from time immemorial. So, anybody talking about division and rancour is just a figment of the imagination.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Bayelsa state government was on Monday, December 16, ordered by the Federal High Court in Abuja to forfeit Soku oil field to Rivers, which had been proven as the rightful owner.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruling in favour of Rivers state, ordered National Boundary Commission (NBC) to correct the error which is contained in its 11th edition of Administrative Map which designated San Bartholomew River as the boundary between the two states, instead of River Santa Barbara.
The presiding judge ordered the NBC too, with immediate effect, publish the 12th edition of the map and in it reflect River Santa Barbara as the boundary between both states just as it was in 1996 when Bayelsa was created from Rivers.
The court ruled that the commission has no other choice than to obey the 2012 verdict of the Supreme Court which at the time upheld River Santa Barbara as the officially recognised boundary between the states.
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