Immediate past chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, has lamented the loss of oil wells previously owned by the State to the neighbouring Abia, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom States.
The APC chieftain, in a chat with TNN in Port Harcourt, heaped the blame for the loss of the Rivers State 176 oil wells on Governor Nyesom Wike and the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as an unfortunate development.
Ikanya alleged that Wike and the PDP criminally connived with Goodluck Jonathan, the then President of Nigeria, to cede the Rivers State oil wells to other States.
He said:" It was Nyesom Wike and his PDP leadership who collaborated with then President Goodluck Jonathan to cede the oil wells belonging to Rivers State to neighbouring Abia, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom States to show their disdain for Rivers State and her people and deny them their entitlements as an oil producing State".
TNN checks revealed that 41 Etche oil wells were ceded to Abia State, 86 oil wells transferred to Akwa-Ibom State and the Soku oil wells in the Kalabari axis of Rivers State were controversially ceded to Bayelsa State during the administration of Jonathan.
The Supreme Court, however, in a unanimous judgement delivered on March 18, 2011 ordered the Akwa-Ibom State government to transfer to Rivers State the 86 disputed oil wells with accruing revenues beginning from April, 2009.
In addition, the Akwa-Ibom State government was expressly ordered to refund about N350 billion to the Rivers State government.
The apex court verdict delivered in Abuja implied that Rivers State would recoup N350 billion from Akwa-Ibom State.
It is however not clear, if the oil wells have been returned to Rivers State.