Computer Village traders win court case against levies

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A Lagos State High Court has barred Tinubu-Ojo, Iyaloja-General of Lagos State, and five others, Bisola Azeez, Adeniyi Olasoji, Nofiu Akinsanya, Tony Ikani and the Commissioner of Police in the state from levying the traders.

The order is sequel to a fundamental human rights suit marked ID/9039MFHR/19 instituted against the five respondents by the five major stakeholders, the Registered Trustees of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria; Registered Trustees of Phone and Allied Product Dealers Association of Nigeria; and Registered Trustees of Phone Parts and Accessories Dealers Association of Nigeria, that represent the traders at the Computer Village.

Other applicants include: the Registered Trustees of Association of Caterers, Food and Drinks Vendors of Ogunbiyi Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos; Registered Trustees of Ikeja Books, Stationeries and Computer Association and Azeez Olunrin.

The judgment, which was delivered by Justice Yetunde Pinheiro read in part, “I find that the 2nd and 3rd respondents’ imposition of levies on the applicants is illegal, null and void and therefore amounts to a violation of their fundamental rights.

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“Accordingly, it is hereby ordered as thus: The first to fifth respondents by themselves, agents, levy collectors howsoever called are restrained from imposing levies and/or fines on the members of the 1st to 5th applicants at the Ikeja Computer Village in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State.”

The traders have expressed joy at the ruling, urging members not to pay any form of dues or levies to the mentioned persons. It however encouraged them to pay their taxes to the government and other appropriate authorities.