On April 12, 2018, Hon. Justice V. B. Ashi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Apo, delivered a landmark decision in the administration of tenement rates in the Federal Capital Territory.Based on the decision, Area Councils in Abuja are precluded from enacting any bye-law on the collection of tenement rates in the absence of a law by the National Assembly stipulating the rates to be
imposed. Residents in Abuja celebrated this decision which was seen as the end to the arbitrary tenement charges in Abuja.
Aggrieved by the trial Court’s decision, the Appellants appealed to the Court of Appeal in Appeal Number: CA/A/536/2018.