JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT - PURPOSE OF SECTION 251(1)(A) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, 1999 AS AMENDED
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"The clear intent and purpose of Section 251(1)(a) of the Constitution, as amended, are to vest exclusive jurisdiction on the Federal High Court, as the successor of the defunct Federal Revenue Court, only in respect of "civil causes and matters relating to the revenue of the Government of the Federation in which the said Government or any organ thereof or a person suing or being sued on behalf of the said Government is a party". The jurisdiction conferred on the Federal High Court by Section 251(3) of the Constitution "in respect of criminal causes and matters in respect of which jurisdiction is conferred" by Section 251(1) is not a jurisdiction to the exclusion of any other court. If it were intended to be so it would have been so stated expressly in the constitution".
PER E.EKO,J.S.C IN THE CASE OF SUNDAY GABRIEL EHINDERO V FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA & ANOR; LER(2018) SC. 137/2014