2 Wise Reasons Why Wike Is Quiet After Court Ruled In Favour Of FG On VAT And Stopped The Collection
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has remained quiet since the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Muhammadu Buhari led federal government by granting its request for a stay of execution on the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT). Image credit: Kanyi Daily By doing that, the Court of Appeal stopped Wike and Governor Babajide Samwo-Olu of Lagos State from going ahead with their initial plan to start the collection of VAT in their states.
VAT Tussle: 2 Key Reasons Appeal Court Ruled In Favour Of FG, Stopped Wike From Collecting The Money
It is making headlines that the Court of Appeal has finally ruled on the motion filed by the federal government against Rivers State Government over the Value Added Tax (VAT) tussle. Justice Haruna Simon Tsanami ruled that the Government of Nyeson Wike must not go ahead to collect the VAT as he earlier planned to do in Rivers State.
The controversial VAT bill which first saw the Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike seeking a court order to collect value-added tax within Rivers State has recently been challenged by an application filed by Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) at the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja. Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike had through the ruling of the federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt in a suit marked FHC/PH/CS/149/2020 which held that the Rivers State Government had the powers to collect VAT within its territory.
The struggle for the collection of VAT (Value Added Tax) had been a tremendous incident in the Nigerian political struggle for the past few months, as the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday, admitted that the Lagos State Government should proceed with its legal battle as a party to the appeal on Value Added Tax collection between Rivers State Government and the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
Indications have emerged that Lagos State is set to proceed with the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) despite the order of the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal had last week issued an order stopping Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State from going ahead to collect the VAT until the main suit filed by the federal government through the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has been decided.
Nigerians are curiously waiting to see how the case of Value Added Tax (VAT) will be settled as the court is expected to deliver judgment on the issue. Image credit: Peoples Gazette The bone of contention is the issue of who should collect the VAT. Is it legal for the federal government to collect VAT from states or is it the legal right of each state to collect VAT in its territory?
Nigerian can remember that the Court of Appeal had ordered Governor Nyesom Wike and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu not to go ahead with the planned collection of the Value Added Tax (VAT). This order was given by the Court of Appeal after it granted the stay of execution demanded by the federal government through the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
As the tussle on the rightful tier of government who should collect Value Added Tax (VAT) continues among some states and the Federal Government, it is expedient that some eight (8) Governors rise up and oppose agitations for VAT collection by state because if they don't, they'll be adversely affected.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has granted an application the Lagos State Government filed in other to be joined as an interested party in the suit that stripped the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) of the right to collect Value Added Tax (VAT). The unanimous decision of a three-man panel of Justices on Thursday held that Lagos State had through its Attorney-General, stated that it has a direct and substantial interest in the case.
Some residents of the Izombe community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State are counting their losses after the military raid on illegal oil 'bunkering' was carried out in the area. According to reports, many residents of the community have been rendered homeless as over 70 houses were reportedly razed, and properties worth several millions of naira were destroyed too.
An Abuja Court of Appeal has stopped Rivers State Government from Value Added Tax(VAT) collection in the state pending the resolution of all legal disputes relating to the matter. The order was issued by Justice Haruna Simon Tsanami in Abuja on Friday, September 10, 2021.
In a recent report, the Northern Elders Forum through its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, on Tuesday when he was featured on Arise TV’s programme ‘The Morning Show’ said that the north is a very rich region and can live without the “billions” accruing to Southern states.
Appeal Court Stops Rivers, Lagos From collecting VAT Photo Credit: Peoples Gazette Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday ordered the Rivers and Lagos authorities to stop the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) pending determination of the application filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
The battlefield of the ongoing VAT war between the Rivers State and the federal governments has shifted to the Supreme Court. The Rivers State government is challenging the ruling of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which ordered that both parties should maintain the status quo pending when the court decides otherwise.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed into law the State VAT Bill as passed by the House of Assembly. The Governor signed the “bill for a law to impose and charge VAT on certain goods and services” at about 11. 45am on 10th september,2021 , after returning from an official trip to Abuja .
The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has reportedly, disclosed amount of money, paid to judicial officials as monthly salaries in Nigeria. According to her, the Chief Justice of Nigeria earns a net pay of 279,497 naira monthly, while other justices on the Supreme Court bench, earn 206,425 naira.
A restraining Court Order has been issued to Rivers and Lagos State governments from collecting Value Added Tax (VAT) pending the determination of the appeal filed before the court by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Justice Haruna Tsammani, gave the order on Friday, in a suit no.
Following an alleged N400 million fraud, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Tuesday fixed October 14 for the arraignment of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Mr. Metuh. The date for the hearing was fixed following the absence of new trial judge, Mr. Obiora Egwuata, in Court, although other parties involved in the matter including, Metuh were present.
Court declined the request of Senator Ali Ndume to withdraw as a Surety for embattled former chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina. Source: Goggle The Federal High Court in Abuja took the decision on Monday when it observed that the same matter has also been filled before a Court of Appeal and therefore amounts to abuse of court processes.
Recently the Court Of Appeal upheld the appeal made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the judgement of an Anambra state High Court declaring Senator Ugochukwu Uba as the rightful candidate of the PDP in the Anambra governorship election coming up on 6th November 2021. Valentine Ozigbo (courtesy: The TrentOnline)