Justice Mathias Agboola of the Osun State High Court on Wednesday insisted that “State of Osun” is not recognised by the Nigeria constitution and ruled against its exist.
According to a suit filed by a human rights activist, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola against the government of the state over a personal tax of N5.3 million slammed on him by the state Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Although, the matter is still at the Appeal Court, officials of the state are still using “State of Osun” in their official engagements and communications.
Describing the tax as vindictive, punitive and speculative, Ajibola added that he was asked to pay much because of his stance against the then governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and that according to him the said Tax law upon which the tax was based should be declared illegal because it was a law made by “The House of Assembly of State of Osun”.
While justice Agboola agreed with the submission of the state counsel that Ajibola did not seek all necessary means of settlement before approaching the court, he frowned at what he called the “artistic colouration” of Osun State as “State of Osun”.
“The issue of Osun State and the ‘State of Osun’ is a loud one” as the judge expressed worry about the failures of lawyers working for the state to tell those in authority about the legal implication of the seemingly “artistic colouration.
He advised Ajibola to seek redress about the tax matters through other necessary procedures laid down by the tax law, then if all failed, he can return to court.
In another report obtained from OSUNREPORTERS NEWS said that Justice Yinka Afolabi of the state High Court sitting in Ilesa on December 2017 had earlier declared “State of Osun” as illegal and unconstitutional in a case filed against administration of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the renaming of Osun State as State of Osun by Ajibola.
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