Attorneys-General of the 36 states of the federation have sued the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), over alleged failure of the Federal Government to remit funds generated from stamp duties into the accounts of state governments.
The states said in the suit that they are the sole authorities to collect stamp duties and not the Federal Government.
In the suit marked SC/CV/690/2021, dated August 24 and filed before the Supreme Court, the attorneys-general are asking the court to determine whether or not, “Having regard to the mandatory provisions of Section 4(2) of the Stamp Duties Act Cap. S8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) the plaintiffs (all the state attorneys-general) are not the sole authorities to administer and collect stamp duties on all transactions involving individuals/persons within their respective states”
Credit: Nigeria Tribune