Court adjourns hearing on suit by Ijaw leaders on marginal oil fields licencing

The Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Yenagoa, on Friday adjourned a go well with by Ijaw leaders in search of to halt the method resulting in licensing of marginal oil fields positioned of their domains pending the dedication of their go well with.

The go well with marked No, PHC/YEN/CS/81/2020 was filed by Chief Brown Agu (Opu Agu VIII), Mrs Rosemary John-Oduone President Ijaw Girls Join and Mr Femowei Pal.

The presiding choose, Justice Abimbola Awogboro adjourned the case to March 10 for the continuation of listening to following an attraction by the Defence Counsel, Idris Imam for time to answer a movement.

Counsel to the Plaintiffs, Emie Trofanowei had opposed the request for adjournment on the grounds that it was frivolous including that the movement the defence was in search of time to answer had been served on them for weeks.

The go well with by the three plaintiffs, on behalf of Ijaw Ethnic Nationality.

The Lawyer Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Petroleum Assets and the Minister of State for Petroleum Assets are defendants within the go well with.

In a Movement on Discover, the plaintiffs are in search of an order restraining the defendants and respondents from additional promoting or receiving bids in respect of Marginal Fields pending the listening to and dedication of the substantive go well with with No. PHC/YEN/CS/81/2020.

Additionally they need the courtroom to restrain the defendants and respondents from issuing or approving any licence in respect of the Marginal fields listed, pending the listening to and dedication of the go well with.

Will probably be recalled that the Division of Petroleum Assets (DPR) had on the sixth April 2020, introduced the revocation of 11 of the 13 marginal subject licenses it issued to indigenous oil companies.

Oil Mining Lease (OML) 46 held by the Bayelsa authorities and positioned inside onshore swamps in Bayelsa, gained in 2013 by way of a bidding course of carried out by the DPR was among the many licences revoked for being dormant for over 5 years.

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