High Court issues contempt notice against Kachikwu over OML 13

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice John Terhemba Tsoho has issued notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, over revocation of three oil blocks in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 13 by President Muhammadu Buhari, who acted in his capacity as the Minister of Petroleum, ThisDay reports.

The contempt notice against Kachikwu in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/21/2017, signed by the Court Registrar, Mr. Felix Udofia, was at the instance of Hi Rev Exploration and Production Limited, one of the three companies that won the blocks in the 2007 oil licensing rounds.

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), was also joined as a co-defendant in the suit where Justice Tsoho had ordered the parties to maintain status quo and followed it up with the notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court.

The winners of the oil blocks alleged that the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kacchala Baru, and the Managing Director of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Yusuf Matashi, misled President Buhari to revoke the oil blocks without putting Malami and Kachikwu in the picture.