The 5 Oro nations, comprising Oron, Mbo, Udong Uko, Urue Offong Oruko and Okobo Native Authorities Areas of Akwa Ibom State have instituted a case earlier than the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Uyo difficult the Akwa Ibom State authorities’s incapability to gazette the area as an oil producing space eight years after the Nationwide Meeting handed a decision on the matter
In addition they sought an order of the court docket directing the State authorities to pay the sum of N4 Trillion to them as compensation and damages for the
wrongful and unconstitutional “exclusion of the Oro nation as an oil and fuel producing neighborhood.”
These have been contained within the swimsuit no, FHC/ABJ/CS/215/2020, filed by one Dr. Celsius Ukpong, and two others on behalf of the Oro folks, the place the Akwa Ibom State authorities and the Federal authorities, in addition to the Lawyer Basic of the federation are joined as 4th, fifth and sixth respondents, respectively.
The candidates are searching for the reduction of Courtroom for a declaration that Oro persons are entitled to get pleasure from the identical rights as different oil bearing communities within the State.
In addition they sought the reduction of the court docket to declare that the Oro nation is entitled to the share of 13% derivation from their pure sources.
Nonetheless, when the case was talked about for listening to on Monday, the presiding choose, Justice AA Okeke adjourned the case to November, 28, 2020, for additional point out.
Talking with our correspondent on Wednesday, Dr Edet Ekerendu, a former Everlasting Secretary, and chairman of the Oro Oil and fuel committee, defined, “we determined to institute a case as a result of the Nationwide Meeting decision of July, 2012 mandated the Akwa Ibom State authorities to gazette the 5 LGAs as oil bearing Communities however the State authorities has stored mute since then.
“The State authorities is meant to gazette the 5 LGAs and arrange Akwa Ibom Oil Communities producing Committee as completed by another States and 13% derivation is meant to go to the communities for improvement to mitigate the affect of Oil spills and different social results suffered by the communities however that has not been completed.”
Additionally talking on Wednesday, the applicant,’s lead counsel, Offiong Offiong (SAN). expressed confidence on the matter.
“When there’s a case earlier than the court docket, what you don’t do as a counsel is to be presumptive. A counsel doesn’t carry a case earlier than a Courtroom with out cheap confidence that he has an excellent case.
“So, whether or not I’ve an excellent case or not goes to be decided by the Decide. I can’t outdoors the court docket give an opinion on the deserves of the case earlier than the court docket. That shall be unethical. All I can inform you is that in bringing the case to the court docket, we’ve got cheap confidence that we’ve got an excellent case however whether or not or not that confidence is justified will depend upon the pronouncement of the choose,” he mentioned.