- Elf Petroleum (Nig.) Ltd v. Nwokoma
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Elf Petroleum (Nig.) Ltd v. Nwokoma
CHIEF OKITI NWOKOMA
PASTOR P. N. ORJI
( For themselves and on
behalf of Oboburu Community)
COURT OF APPEAL
( PORT HARCOURT
JAMES OGENYI OGEBE, JCA ( Presided )
SYLVANUS ADIWERE NSOFOR, JCA
MICHAEL EYARUOMA AKPIROROH, JCA ( Read the Lead Judgment )
10 TH DECEMBER, 2001
COURT - Federal High
Court - Whether has exclusive jurisdiction over oil mining operations
JURISDICTION - Issue of
jurisdiction - When can be raised - Need to consider same first when raised
Jurisdiction over oil mining operations - Whether vested exclusively in the
Federal High Court
Whether on a proper construction of all relevant statutes,
the learned trial Judge of the Rivers State High Court was right in holding
that he had jurisdiction to entertain the plaintiffsâ€™ suit.
plaintiffs/respondents filed an action at the Rivers State High court, Port
Harcourt against the defendant/appellant claiming N596,546,000.00 as
compensation for destruction done by the defendant to the crops, trees and
animals of the plaintiffs as well as order compelling the defendant to
rehabilitate the farm land of the plaintiffs.
brought application on 27th April, 1998 seeking to strike out the suit for lack
of jurisdiction and abuse of the process of the court. At the conclusion of the
arguments of the counsels, the learned trial Judge on 25th, June 1998 held that
he had jurisdiction to entertain the plaintiffsâ€™ suit.
Dissatisfied with the said ruling, the
defendant/appellant brought this appeal.