Motorists challenge power of AKS Board of Internal Revenue to issue Road Worthiness Certificate

Justice Iboro Ukpana of Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo, has adjourned a suit challenging the power of the Akwa Ibom State Board of Internal Revenue-BIR to issue Road Worthiness Certificate, to December 12 this year for further mention.

The case was instituted by Imoabasi Okon and Benjamin Essien who claimed that they were embarrassed when the Police and Federal Road Safety Commission in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers States declared that the certificate issued by the BIR is not recognized nationally.

The Plaintiffs had joined the Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources, Akwa Ibom State, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State and Teons Systems Limited – a consultant to the state Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources.

The Plaintiffs are asking the court to determine whether it is lawful to make double payments for road worthiness certificates issued to motorists in Akwa Ibom State and to further determine if the Board of internal Revenue is authorized by enabling law to issue road worthiness certificate.

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