A Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja has nullified Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) the power to collect environmental levy from its council’s residents.
This order was pronounced by Justice Bello Kawu in the case between Ifeanyi Nnonyelu occupiers of Ekeson Plaza Utako Abuja and AMAC over the payment of environmental levy by the occupiers (Ekeson Plaza) to AMAC.
The plaintiff lead counsel, Barrister Sam Junior Iheseinkien in a motion marked M/BW/M/355/16 asked the court to grant his clients prayers before the Abuja High Court.
The prayers are as follows: “An order of the Honourable Court granting leave for the judicial review against the entire proceedings/summons of RT Hon Ubani. T. Chukwuemeka in the suit of AMAC Vs Ekeson Plaza Utako Abuja. The court also granted order 3 which states: “An order of this Honorable Court for leave to issue an Order of Prohibition and certiorari against the proceedings of RT HON. Ubani .T. Chukwuemeka in the suit of AMAC Vs Ekeson Plaza Utako.
The court in its wisdom declared a collection of sanitation and environmental levy by Abuja Environmental Protection Board and AMAC illegal and affront of FCT High Court on the basis of the cases of the same my case to be instituted is subject of a pending appeal in AMAC vs Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).CVA/54/2018