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Appeal Court Allows Lagos Join Rivers Dispute With FIRS Over VAT

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The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has okayed Lagos State request to be joined in the appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Recall that the FIRS had appealed against an earlier ruling by Justice Steven Pam of the Federal High Court in Port-Harcourt, voiding the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act and holding that the states could collect VAT.

Delivering it’s ruling on Thursday, Justice Haruna Simon stated that Lagos has shown sufficient interest to protect by being made a party in the case.

The court rejected the objections by the FIRS and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and proceeded to join the Attorney General of Lagos State as the third respondent.

It ordered that all processes so far filed in the case be served on the AG of Lagos and that further proceedings in the case will continue at the Port-Harcourt division of the Court of Appeal on October 7.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.