Some oil and gas-free zone companies are seeking judicial intervention in the alleged attempt by the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) to regulate oil and gas operations in the Snake Island Integrated Free Zone (SIIFZ).
The companies described OGFZA's plan to take complete control of the space as "disdainful".
Nigerdock Nigeria Plc, Simco Freezone Company and Nigerdock Nigeria Plc-FZE in 2016, dragged OGFZA before a federal court in Lagos, seeking judicial intervention for its insistence on regulating oil and gas operations at SIIFZ.
Other defendants in the lawsuit are Federatilon's attorney general and the minister of industry, trade and investment.
Advice from the author, Qudus Mumumey
In a telephone interview in Abuja, he said that the last time the case was brought to court was on February 26.
According to him, the case was decided on June 1, for a final hearing before Justice Aneke.
Mumumey also said that all defendants in the case knew that the pending case had filed their responses and was represented in court by a lawyer.
"In light of the above, the current letter from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is contemptuous, abusive, oppressive and a clear attempt to undermine the authority of the honorable court," added Mumumey.
According to him,
OGFZA, acting in accordance with an uninformed directive from the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, served letters in all oil and gas free zones, including SIIFZ, informing them of their readiness to implement the directive of the Minister who authorized the Authority to assume full regulatory powers over these areas.
Nigerdock and others had, by original summons presented to the federal federal court in 2016, sought judicial intervention in the attempt made by OGFZA to regulate oil and gas operations at SIIFZ.
The plaintiffs seek to know whether, under the clear provisions of the Nigeria Export Processing Zone Act, Chapter 107, Nigeria Federation Laws 2004, the Snake Island Integrated Free Zone (SIIFZ) should be regulated by the Processing Zone Authority Export Authority (NEPZA), the Authority being invested in administering the authority and management of all export processing zones.
In addition, they seek a judicial determination as to whether the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZA), by providing Law 05 of the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone, Chapter 05, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, has the power to regulate the Onne / Ikpokiri Export Free Zone and, by extension, regulate other oil and gas export free zones in Nigeria.
The author is also seeking clarification if, by letter from the Federation's Attorney General, he captioned Re: “Interpretation of the provisions of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Act, Chap. 107, LFN, 2004 and the Free Trade Zone Law of Petroleum and Gas, Chap 05, LFN 2004 ”, on which government agency is responsible for responsibility for the oil and gas free zones in Nigeria on March 25, 2008, the Federation's Attorney General not only reinstated the provisions of the NEPZA Act and OGFZA.
The plaintiff stated that if the answers to the questions above were affirmative, the court should not hesitate to make a statement that the Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) is responsible for the administration and regulation of the Snake Integrated Free Zone Island (SIIFZ).
They also seek a declaration that the first accused is responsible for the administration and regulation of the Onne / Ikpokiri Free Trade Zone and Nigeria's Oil and Gas Free Trade Zones.
The suit also seeks a statement that the letter from the Federation's Attorney General of March 25, 2008 only restored the provisions of the NEPZA and OGFZA Acts.
Therefore, the plaintiff proceeded in search of a perpetual injunction order to prevent defendants, their agents, agents and servants from projecting themselves as an Authority with statutory powers and authority to license and regulate operations and activities in the Snake Island Integrated Free Zone.
They also requested a life sentence to prevent defendants, their agents, agents and servants from interfering, obstructing and / or disrupting the activities of the SIMCO Free Zone Company of the Snake Island Free Zone administration, pending the determination of the case.