FG is considering taking the VAT dispute to the Supreme Court - AGFIt asked the Supreme Court to approve the appeal, set aside the appellate court's judgment, and deny the FIRS's oral plea for interim injection.
Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) told reporters in New York on Wednesday that the government was contemplating pursuing legal action before the Supreme Court.
â€œThe Federal Government had indeed taken cognisance of the fact that where there exists a dispute between a state and the Federal Government, it is the Supreme Court that should naturally have the jurisdiction to determine the dispute between the state and the federation.â€
â€œAnd we are taking steps to consider the possibility of instituting an action before the Supreme Court for the purpose of having this matter determined once and for all.â€
The FIRS, however, was not pleased with the development and filed a petition on notice to ask for a stay of execution on Justice Pam's previous decision.
Governor Wike stated that the state's VAT law was valid and in force, but he also directed the state's revenue agency to fully implement the law.
The FIRS later filed a civil action with the Court of Appeal in Abuja, requesting a stay of execution of the Rivers court's judgment until the outcome of the case.
The Rivers State administration responded by filing an appeal with the Supreme Court, challenging the appellate court's decision.
It asked the Supreme Court to approve the appeal, set aside the appellate court's judgment, and deny the FIRS's oral plea for interim injection.