Court Nullifies Toll Collection on Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State on Thursday nullified the collection of any toll or tariff on the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge.
While delivering the ruling on the suit, which was filed by human rights lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, Justice Saidu, J. held that the power of control over all navigable waterways in Nigeria resides in the Federal Government, and not any state government.
The judge also pointed out that from all the documents made available to the court, the only justification for the toll fee on the bridge by Lagos State is the private partnership law.
However, he noted that the law could not apply to the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge since it was built with the money of the Lagos State Government, without the involvement of any private partnership.
Justice Saidu said “since there is no law supporting the toll fee, it is illegal and should be stopped forthwith”.
While commending the judge for courageously delivering the ruling, Adegboruwa said “coming a day after the same court nullified the imposition of new number plates, this judgment should be an elixir to all Nigerians to challenge in the court, all illegal taxes and arbitrary charges in the name of road tax, PHCN metre maintenance charge, estimate bills without electricity, and so on”.
Lagos State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Ade Ipaye however told newsmen that the court did not stop the collection of toll on the bridge. He pointed out that the judgment was ambiguous and that the court failed to make any consequential order or declaration barring toll collection on the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge. He said toll collection would therefore continue on the bridge.
Ipaye said “the judgment read this morning did not specifically address many of the questions raised by the applicant, neither did it grant any of the declarations sought.”
He also made it known that the state government will challenge the ruling and apply for a stay of execution of the judgment.

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