Lagos State on Friday won round one in its bid to join the legal battle against the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS on the controversial collection of Value Added Tax VAT.
A 3-man panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal in Abuja granted permission to Lagos to seek to join in the suit in the interest of justice.
Justice Hamman Zamani in a ruling held that Lagos has proved that it has the right to be heard in the legal tussle.
The appellate court rejected the objections of the FIRS to the request by Lagos adding that the objection cannot stand because the appellant, FIRS made some serious allegations against the state in the processes filed in the court.
“We have carefully scrutinized the issue raised by Lagos. We are of the view that the interest of Lagos is paramount and by law, ought to be protected by allowing it to make its case ”
By the ruling, Lagos through its lead counsel, Moyosore Onigbanjo will now file a motion for the state for joinder in the appeal.
FIRS in an appeal marked CA/PH/282/2021 is praying the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja to set aside the Judgment of a Rivets State high court which granted powers to the state to collect Value Added Tax VAT
The tax collection agency is also asking the appellate court to stay the execution of Rivers judgment.