Olusegun Ariyo

After the verdict of the federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt that declared that federal inland revenue Services lacks the power to collect value Added Tax and personal income tax in rivers state, the Lagos state government on Friday (today) has applied to the court of Appeal in Abuja to be joined as a co-respondent in the Appeal filed by federal inland revenue serving

The matter slated for the day’s activity in court on Friday was the application filed by FIRS seeking for stay of execution of the trial court’s judgment.

However, the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) informed the court of their application for the Lagos State Government to be joined as a party in the appeal.

He argued that the application for joinder should be taken first before FIRS’ application for stay of execution.

However, the counsel for the FIRS, Mahmoud Magaji (SAN) argued that their application for stay of execution should take precedence over the application for joinder.

Majagi relying on the case of Pam V. Mohammed argued that the court can restrict itself to the business of the day.

After listening to submissions from all the parties, the court stood down the matter for the ruling.

The Attorney General of Rivers State, Zacchaeus Adangor, and E. C. Nkala (SAN) for Rivers State.

Tijjani Gazali (SAN) represented the Attorney General of the Federation.

Also in court is the Rivers State Commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu, and the Deputy Director & State Coordinator of Rivers, Edo, and Delta Zone, FIRS, Hamisu Mohammed Ibrahim.

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