The Rivers State government has accused the Federal Government of wrongly paying N17 billion accruing to it from the oil revenue to Bayelsa State.
The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) however waved the allegation away saying it was baseless.
Traditional chiefs, youths, women and men of Kalabari Kingdom yesterday took to the streets of Port Harcourt, the state capital, in protest over the alleged ceding of some parts of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state to Bayelsa State.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr. Tele Ikuru, made the accusation while addressing the protesting Kalabari people, led by the traditional ruler of Abonnema Town in Akuku-Toru LGA of the state , HRH Disreal Bob-Manuel at Government House Gate, Port Harcourt.
The protesters had marched through some major streets in the state capital with various placards, which read: ‘For the sake of peace, return Soku to its rightful owners’, ‘We stand by the 10th administrative map of Nigeria’, ‘River Santa Babara is the boundary between Rivers and Bayelsa State’, among others, before moving to Government House where they presented a copy of their petition to the deputy governor.
Ikuru, who stood in for Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, also accused agencies of the Federal Government, especially the National Boundary Commission (NBC), the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the judiciary, of attempting to pervert justice in the boundary dispute.
He said: “The issue of Soku has been very disturbing to the Rivers State government. We work up one day to hear that some oil wells in Soku had been ceded into Baylesa State. We went to court to challenge that and we were still in court when we woke up again to hear that the entire Soku had been carved into Bayelsa State.