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JUST IN: We’ve resolved legal action against AGF – MTN Nigeria

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MTN Nigeria Communications PLC, MTN Nigeria, said the Company has resolves legal battle with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

The Federal High Court in Lagos today struck out the N3bn rights enforcement suit filed by telecommunications firm, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, against the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

MTN had filed the suit to challenge an August 20, 2018 letter written to it by the AGF, demanding $2bn in alleged unremitted tax.

But Justice C.J. Aneke, according to PUNCH report struck out the suit on Thursday after being told that the AGF had withdrawn the demand letter from MTN.

Counsel for the AGF, Habibat Ajana, had pointed the judge’s attention to a January 8, 2020 letter by the AGF to MTN, wherein the Chief Law Officer said he had reviewed the issue and had decided to withdraw the demand letter for $2bn tax.

MTN’s lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun, SAN, said having withdrawn the demand letter, his client would drop its case against the AGF.

Consequently, Justice Aneke struck out the suit.

In an email to TechEconomy.ng MTN Nigeria, said “Today, MTN Nigeria appeared before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Nigeria to formally discontinue its legal action against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (the “AGF”).

The statement endorsed by the Company Secretary, Uto Ukpanah, continues “This follows the decision of the AGF to refer the matter to the relevant regulatory authorities.

“MTN Nigeria applied to have the legal action struck out, which request was duly granted by the court.

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“MTN Nigeria remains committed to meeting its fiscal responsibilities and contributing to the social and economic development of Nigeria.

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