Court Fixes Oct 23 To Rule On Oil & Gas Free Zone Order

Hyacinth Chinweuba

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed October 23 for ruling in an application seeking to revoke an interim order restraining the enforcement of a presidential directive that oil and gas cargoes should be handled in Onne, Warri and Calabar.

Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Company (LADOL) had in May through a motion ex parte urged the court to restrain the passage and assent of the bill “for an Act to amend the oil and gas free zone”.

Justice John Tsoho, while giving the interim order, also ordered that the status quo should be maintained till the hearing and determination of the main suit.

The defendants in the suit include the President of Nigeria, the National Assembly, Federal Ministry of Transport and the Attorney General of the federation.
LADOL had urged the court to ensure that vessels from foreign waters could berth directly at LADOL Free Zone in line with LADOL’s designation as a deep offshore logistics base permitted to receive two international vessels weekly.

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