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Pressure group files suit against Lagos over new land use charge

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An indigenous pressure group, Enough Is Enough, has filed suit against trio of Lagos State Government, Attorney General of the state and the state House of Assembly over a newly introduced Land Use Charge which has been generating controversies.

The suite made declaration that third respondent, which the state House of Assembly lacks power to make or pass the Land Use Charge Law 2018 which contains provisions on the constitutionally exclusive functions of the local governments to assess, levy and collect tenement rates;

However, the group action with suit no: Temp/35082 indicted Lagos state government, Attorney General and the House of Assembly for the interpretation of Section 7 (5), Item 1 (J) Fourth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The summons, dated 12th day of March, 2018 and taken out by Olumide Babalola, Esq., with an affidavit deposed to by one Seun Akinyem, a research assistant of the applicant, also annexed to the application a written address in support of it.

From the suite which The Guild sighted yesterday in Lagos, the EIE’s origination summons which was brought pursuant to Order 3, Rule 8 (1) of the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, and Section 7, Item 1 (J) of the Fourth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended, sought for the claims inter alia to wit:

“A declaration that the 3rd respondent lacks power to make/pass the Land Use Charge Law 2018 which contains provisions on the constitutionally exclusive functions of the local governments to assess, levy and collect tenement rates;

a declaration that the Land Use Charge Law 2018 which contains provisions on the constitutionally exclusive functions of the local governments to assess, levy and collect tenement rates is inconsistent with provisions of Section 7 and item 1 (j) of the Constitution and thereby null and void;

a declaration that the provisions of Section 3, 5, and 6 of the Land Use Charge Law 2018 of Lagos State are inconsistent with the provisions of Section 7 (5) and item 1 (j) Fourth Schedule of the constitution, and therefore unconstitutional, null and void;

an order striking out the provisions of Section 3, 5, and 6 of the Law and a perpetual injunction retraining all the respondents, the agents , officers and/or representatives from giving effect or further effect to the provisions of the said sections of the Law in contention”.

 

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