Federal High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi yesterday adjourned ruling on an application on whether it has jurisdiction to hear the suit filed by an indigenous oil servicing firm, Arco Group Plc, against the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited, NAOC, following the disappearance of the file containing documents for the matter.
Arco had dragged Agip, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Conoco Philips Petroleum Nigeria Limited and the Nigeria Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, before the court to determine whether it is not entitled, being a Nigerian company, to the exclusive right to be considered and granted such contract, including any extension of its duration.
The firm is asking the court to determine in view of the provision of Section 3 Subsections 2 and 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, 2010, having demonstrated ownership of equipment, Nigerian personnel and capacity to execute the task of performing the contract for the maintenance service of rotating equipment at the Nigerian Agip Oil Company gas plants at OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale, it is entitled to the exclusive right to be considered and granted such contract including any extension of its duration.
But the NAOC had filed an application through its counsel, Mr Thomas Okpoko, SAN, challenging jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.
When the matter was mentioned, Justice Akanbi adjourned ruling after informing counsels to the parties that the files for the matter were missing.
Speaking to newsmen later, counsel to ARCO, Beluolisa Nwafor, SAN, said the file was not missing but was misplaced and would soon be found, adding that such situation was common in courts as the courts were operated by human beings.

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