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MTN goes to court over Nigerian fine

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MTN has decided to challenge the $3,9-billion fine levied by the Nigerian Communications Commission in court.

The fine, which was originally $5,2-billion, or $200 000.00 for each unsubscribed user, was later reduced to $3,9-billion.

However, MTN states today that it has instructed its lawyers to proceed with an action in the Federal High Court in Lagos.

“MTN Nigeria, acting on legal advice, has resolved that the manner of the imposition of the fine and the quantum thereof is not in accordance with the NCC’s powers under the Nigerian Communications Act and therefore there are valid grounds upon which to challenge the fine,” it states.

“Accordingly MTN Group has followed due process and has instructed its lawyers to proceed with an action in the Federal High Court in Lagos seeking the appropriate reliefs,” it adds.

“MTN Group is advised that in the current circumstances in line with the lis pendens rule (pending legal action) the parties are enjoined to restrain from taking further action until the matter is finally determined. This is consistent with previous judicial decisions in Nigeria.”

It says that, notwithstanding this action, the group will continue to engage with the Nigerian authorities in trying to find an amicable resolution.