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Friday, May 12, 2017

State House Of Assembly Passes Bill On Revenue Court

A bill for a law to establish the Anambra State Revenue Court has been passed by the State House of Assembly.

The bill was passed during yesterdays plenary in Awka.

The law aims at ensuring effective efficient and comprehensive collection of revenue in the state including from infractions on Traffic offences on which synergy would be established with the Federal Road Safety Corps.

The law also provides that the Anambra State Revenue Court shall have jurisdiction in all matters pertaining to the revenue of the state, except income tax, company tax irrespective of income and chargeable gains, capital gains tax, among others.

The law stipulates that the revenue court shall sit in places to be designated in each local government area of the state by the Chief Judge.

In his reaction, the member representing Ogbaru One Constituency Sir Benson Nwawulu revealed that under the law, members of the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade in uniforms shall have power to arrest any person suspected of committing or having committed any offence under the law or fail to meet his obligations or liability provided that such persons held by OCHA Brigade will be handed over to the police within four hours.

On his part, the Member representing Orumba North Constituency, Mr Romanus Obi added that any person who obstructs or assaults any staff of the revenue court in the discharge of his duties shall be liable on conviction to a fine of fifty thousand naira or imprisonment for one month or both.

The Speaker, Barrister Rita Maduagwu who presided over the plenary described the bill as a welcome development.

 By Chukwuemeka Modilim

1 comment

  1. What is this new law called and where can it be found


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