FIRS: Fowler vindicated as Court strikes out suit challenging his tenure


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Babatunde Fowler, The Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has been vindicated as a Federal High Court in Kano struck out a suit challenging his tenure.

Justice Lewis Allegoa who presided over the case at a Federal High Court in Kano, dismissed the suit based on the objection of Fowler’s Legal Counsel, Paul Erokoro (SAN) who argued that the Plaintiff, Stanley Okwara lacked the locus standi to file the suit.

Justice Allegoa gave his verdict after reviewing the arguments presented by all the Legal Counsels; Erekoro for Fowler, T.A Ghazallifor the Attorney-General of the Federation who was the second Defendant and JohnMary C. Jideobi for the Plaintiff.

According to Justice Allegoa, he could not see reasons the Plaintiff claimed to be affected by the elongation of Fowler’s tenure as the Executive Chairman of FIRS after August 15.

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The Justice said Plaintiff ought to have filed a pre-action notice to the court, as instituted by the Federal Inland Revenue Established Act (FIRSEA) 2007

“I agree with the first defendant that the plaintiff ought to have served the defendant with a pre-action notice. Learned SAN asked the court to strike out the suit. I so hold,”  said Justice Allagoa.

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