VAT crisis: I won’t mind if heaven falls during my time – Wike

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Governor Nyesome Wike said he won’t mind the negative consequences that may arise following his pursuit to ensure Rivers State takes over the collection of Value Added Tax, VAT, from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.

Rivers and FIRS have been at a loggerheads over who between them is empowered by law to collect VAT with a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt ruling in favour of the state, a judgement that prompted Lagos to commence the process to begin collecting the consumption tax.

Wike on Wednesday amid FIRS’ tantrum said he would pull all the stops to ensure the execution of the judgement even at the risk of any negative consequences.

According to him, “I will be happy at my time that heaven came down, because I will create a record that it was my time that heaven came down.

“We don’t have to use the police; we have our security (outfit) as allowed by law and we will use it.

“Please tell your authorities to pay our VAT to our revenue board, which of course you have been told how to do it.

“Until there is a (court) order stopping us, we won’t stop the collection. If an appeal (court) revokes it, no problem, but the position of the law today is that VAT is for Rivers State.

“We are even going back to collect the one they took before. All the ones they have taken before, we are compiling it; they have to pay back to us.”

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