VAT DISPUTE: FIVE NORTHERN STATES JOIN FIRS AGAINST RIVERS, LAGOS

In anticipation of the Supreme Court verdict on the Value Added Tax (VAT) dispute between the Federal Government and Rivers State, indications emerged yesterday that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, and the governments of Adamawa, Plateau and Kaduna states will join the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in its appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt that empowered Rivers to collect the tax.

The high court had in the judgement ruled against FIRS in the tax collection scuffle and ordered that Rivers was the rightful collector of the tax. The FIRS, thereafter, challenged the judgment at the Court of Appeal seeking that the high court verdict is set aside.

However, a reliable source disclosed that the AGF and governors of the three states, would file a leave of the court to be joined in the suit on Tuesday.

The source further hinted that the Federal Ministry of Justice under the AGF has opted to be part of the appellant in the matter so as to enable it to argue effectively in support of FIRS.

 

Source: Guardian newspaper