…as Ijaw groups call on citizens, corporate organizations to abide by order
Yenagoa—A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has granted an injunction in favor of High Chief Philip Brown Agu (Opu Agu VIII), and two others against the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Petroleum and Minister of State for Petroleum restraining them from proceeding any further with the award of marginal oil field licences in Ijaw land, pending the conclusion of the lawsuit.
The injunction which was given by Justice Isa H. Dashen prohibited the respondents from further advertising and receiving bids in respect of the marginal fields.
They were also restrained from approving licences in respect of the marginal fields.
Mangrovepen.ng gathered that the plaintiff in a suit had among other things, prayed the court to order the defendants to stop issuing out licenses for marginal oil fields in Ijaw land until a comprehensive baseline environmental evaluation, survey/assessment of all oil and gas fields awarded, renewed or divested since 1956 is done by Independent International experts and published following international best practices.
They also demanded entitlement for affected communities to settle damages for environmental degradation, oil spillage of rivers, lands, environment and health of the citizens by the defendants.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Ijaw interest groups has commended the order of the court.
The groups made this known in a statement signed by Efiye Bribena
Secretary, Ijaw Elders Forum (IEF), Lagos
Ben Okoro, Moderator, Ijaw Nation Forum (INF) and Chief Amagbe D. Kentebe
BOT Chairman, Embasara Foundation.
Others are, Hon. Iniruo Wills, President, Homeland Chapter, Ijaw Professionals Association (IPA), Tari Ekpebu, President, Ijaw Professionals Association (IPA), Lagos and Ms. Annkio Briggs, BOT Chairperson, Ijaw Women Connect (IWC).
The statement reads:
“It has come to the attention of this coalition of Ijaw interest groups that following a suit filed by some patriotic Ijaw sons and daughter, the Federal High Court has granted an injunction restraining the Minister of Petroleum/Federal Government from proceeding any further with the award of marginal oil field licences pending the conclusion of the lawsuit.
“The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa on the 5th of April, 2022 granted an injunction in favor of the plaintiffs High Chief Philip Brown Agu (Opu Agu VIII) and two others on behalf of themselves and the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality. The honorable court granted the following reliefs:
“That the respondents be restrained from further advertising and receiving bids in respect of the marginal fields.
“The defendants are also restrained from approving licences in respect of the marginal fields.
“It is our expectation that all citizens and corporate organizations abide by this ruling.”