Rivers State govt takes VAT collection battle to Supreme Court

The Rivers State government has urged the Supreme Court to set aside the Court of Appeal’s 10 September ruling ordering it and the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) to maintain status quo on the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT) collection, the subject matter of a pending appeal.

It also urged the apex court to disband the panel of the Court which gave the interim order, and order another one to be constituted to hear the case.

The three-member panel of the Court of Appeal which issued the order being challenged at the Supreme Court by the Rivers State government was headed by Haruna Tsammani.

Miffed by the order, the Rivers State government, through its Attorney-General, approached the Supreme Court to seek an order nullifying the decision of the Court of Appeal and the reassignment of the appeal to a new panel.

Grounds of appeal

The Rivers State government filed 10 grounds of appeal in its notice of appeal shared with journalists on Tuesday.

It maintained that the three-man panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal led by Mr Tsammani, had in their ruling, erred in law when they relied on the provisions of Section 6(6) of the 1999 Constitution and the inherent…

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