Court refuses to grant Rivers, Lagos’ request to stop FIRS from collecting VAT
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on 10 September ordered parties to the VAT collection case to maintain status quo..............
Court refuses to grant Rivers, Lagos’ request to stop FIRS from collecting VATThe Court of Appeal in Abuja had on 10 September ordered parties to the VAT collection case to maintain status quo.bySeptember 16, 20213 min readThe Rivers and Lagos state governments, on Thursday, failed to convince the Court of Appeal in Abuja to stop the Federal Inland Revenue Service from further collecting Value Added Tax (VAT).
The court refused the approach of oral application for the restraining order against FIRS adopted by the states’ legal team.Refusing to grant request, a three-man panel of the court, led by Haruna Tsanami, directed the lawyers representing the two states to file a formal application instead of an oral application.
The FIRS had appealed against the judgement of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt empowering the Rivers State government to collect VAT.The Mr Tsanami-led panel had last Friday ordered parties to the case to maintain status quo, which appears to be the decision both Rivers and Lagos tried to have overturned on Thursday. headtopics.com
The court had also adjourned till Thursday (today) for the hearing of an application by Lagos State, not yet officially a party to the suit, to be joined as a respondent to the FIRS’ appeal.Lawyers clashEmotion ran high after Rivers and Lagos legal teams prayed for the restraining order against FIRS at Thursday’s proceedings.
The lawyers on the two sides of the divide had tense back-and-forth arguments over the request for restraining order. Read more: Premium Times »
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