The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has finally cancelled the 10% increase charge in filing fee.
It was officially confirmed on Wednesday that the fee has been scrapped, when a registry staff of the FCT High Court informed our source that it was a lawyer who championed the course that the fee be removed because it was illegal.
In order to be sure of the information, a staff of ASO Savings bank, Maitama, FCT, Abuja where the 10% charge was being paid also confirmed that the bank no longer collects 10% filing fee, TheNigerialawyer (TNL) learnt.
She also added that the collection stopped in April, affirming what the FCT High Court’s staff said.
However, TNL gathered that there is no official notice to the cancellation of the fee just the same way it commenced in August, 2016.
Recall that an Abuja based legal practitioner and a human rights activist, Hameed Ajibola Jimoh had on 5th of November, 2019, petitioned the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the mandatory payment of 10% increase in the filing fees without any justification for such payment.
This mandatory 10% charge was provided for in the Rules of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory; the same started on the 22nd day of August, 2016, for the purpose of E-filing / Court Case Management System Platform, as contained in a public notice issued and signed by the Management of the Court to all lawyers and the general public, which was also pasted within the Court’s premises at the Court’s Headquarters in Maitama, Abuja.
Also recall that the CR’s Senior Special Assistant (Special Duties) accused Hameed Ajibola Jimoh of blackmail when he wrote to EFCC end ICPC concerning the illegal charge.
To him, God Almighty has vindicated him and made him victorious in the fight against corrupt practices in the High Court of FCT and victory has been achieved at last.
Petitions are also still pending before the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).