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MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES & ANOR
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(2021) JELR 108788 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/A/824/2019 ·  16 Aug 2021 ·  Nigeria
CORAM
Abubakar Datti Yahaya, JCA Stephen Jonah Adah, JCA Peter Olabisi Ige, JCA

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
appellants
respondent
trial court
senior counsel
petroleum act
exhibit mpr4
issues
grounds of appeal
lower court
way of originating summons
suo motu
way of a judicial review
department of petroleum resources
determination of the question
requisite conditions
1st july
2nd appellant
mandatory obligation
means of a judicial review
minister of petroleum resources
powers of a public officer
renewal of oil mining lease
such evidence
trial judge
above stated arguments
administrative action
alhaji umar abba tukur v
case of chief rashid alaba williams
grant of the development permit
grant of the prayers
interpretation of paragraph
judgment of the federal high court abuja
mode of commencement of the action
months of the date of the occurrence
national security consideration
position of the respondent
public law
public right
renewal of oil mining licence
requisite application fees
review of powers of a public officer
said licence
senior counsel mr. eghobamien
statute-bar

ABUBAKAR DATTI YAHAYA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the judgment of the Federal High Court Abuja delivered on 23rd August 2019 in Suit No, FHC/ABJ/CS/524/2019, wherein it held that the Respondent, which was the plaintiff at the trial Court, had satisfied the requisite conditions for the renewal of Oil Mining Licence (OML) II, and that the Appellants herein, ought to renew the said licence. Dissatisfied with that judgment, the Appellants filed this appeal.

The facts in brief, show that about seventeen Oil Mining Licences had been granted, including OML II by the Appellants. Initially, the licence was for thirty years issued in 1960. After the expiration of the thirty years, the licence was renewed for another thirty years, with effect from 1st July 1989, to expire on 30th June 2019. In October 2017, the Respondent applied for a renewal of the 17 Oil Mining Licences, including OML II, and paid the requisite application fees. In November 2018, the Depar…

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