According to a report, the Rivers State Government through its Attorney General has approached the Supreme Court to disband the ruling by the Appeal Court to maintain the status quo on the collection of VAT. The ruling is pending the resolution of an appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS.
According to Vanguard on Tuesday, the Rivers State Government is praying the apex court to order a fresh hearing of the FIRS case file marked CA/PH282/2021 by a new panel of the Appeal Court.
According to the State Government, the three-man panel of Justices of the Appeal Court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani erred in law by relying on the provisions of Section6(6) of the 1999 Constitution. The Appeal Court had on Friday ruled that the state government should maintain the status quo on the collection of VAT in the ongoing dispute involving the FIRS.
The state government in its case prayed the Supreme Court to instruct that the appeal filed by the FIRS against the High Court ruling that empowered the state to collect VAT in the state be heard by a new panel of judges.
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