FG Considers Taking States To Supreme Court Over VAT

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on yesterday insisted that the anti-open grazing laws of some states infringed on the freedom of movement as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

Malami said this while answering questions from State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister, who explained that his office had not taken any stance outside the scope of the constitution, also disclosed that the Federal Government, may at the Supreme Court challenge states that legislated on the Value Added Tax.

Commenting on the anti-open grazing laws of southern states, Malami said, “On the issue of farmers-herders clashes, no position was taken by the Office of the Attorney General outside the scope of the constitutional provisions.

Also responding to his position on VAT and governors’ push for states to take custody of the tax, the minister said the Federal Government was contemplating taking the matter to the Supreme Court, which according to him, has jurisdiction over such matters.

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