By G9ija

A Kwara State High Court has ordered the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to pay Mazars Consulting N104,908,939.57 for recovery of professional fees, remuneration and or commission.

Justice E.B. Mohammed gave the order in a suit filed by Mr Adeyemi Sanni Sheriff, Mrs Adedoyin Sanni and Mr Bamidele Ogunlowo trading under the name of Mazars Consulting.

They averred that the KWIRS failed to pay them the agreed commission and or remuneration in respect of professional services they rendered.

Mazars Consulting also told the court that it had performed tax collection, tax audit, tax consulting and tax advisory services assigned to it by the Kwara State Public Private Partnership office (KP3) on behalf of the KWIRS.

They sought several reliefs, including: Payment of N104,908,939,57 being the sum due as commissions for services rendered to the defendants by the claimants and payment of N464,856,418.86 being the sum due as commission for services rendered to the defendants by the claimants

In a November 5 judgment a copy of which was made available to The Nation on November 11, the judge held: “I find and hold that having admitted the first leg of the claimants’ claim, the defendant has no defence to this leg of the action. On the whole, judgement be and is hereby entered for claimants in terms of the first leg of their claim in the sum of N104,908,939.57 against the defendant.

On the second claim of N464,856,418.86, the judge granted the KWIRS leave to defend it.

He held: “The defendant is hereby granted leave to defend the second leg of the claimants’ claim. Accordingly, the defendant is hereby granted leave to defend the second leg of the claimant’s claim for the sum of N464,856,418.86.

*Consequently, pleadings are hereby ordered 14 days by 14 days and 7 days for a reply/counter-claim, if any.”