Nigeria withdraws case against MTN
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Jan. 11, 2020, 10:05 a.m.
Nigeria has withdrawn the case it instituted against telecoms giant, MTN Nigeria over the telco’s alleged inbdebtedness of N242,244,452,215.97 and $1,283,610,357.86.
The telco's Company Secretary, Uto Ukpanah, said MTN was pleased with the development.
“MTN Nigeria is pleased to report that its legal counsel has received a letter dated 8 January 2020 from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (the AGF) formally withdrawing his demand for N242,244,452,215.97 and $1,283,610,357.86 alleged revenue indebtedness.
“The letter confirmed that following careful review and due consultation with relevant statutory agencies, the AGF has decided to refer the matter to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) with a view to resolving contentious issues.
“MTN Nigeria will consequently follow due court process to withdraw its legal action against the AGF and engage with the FIRS and NC on the issues. MTN Nigeria remains committed to conducting its business in accordance with applicable laws in Nigeria,” Ukpanah said.
Expressing satisfaction at the development, MTN Nigeria CEO, Ferdi Moolman, said: ''We are very pleased with the decision of the AGF and we commend him for his wisdom. We maintain our dedication to building and maintaining cordial relationships with all regulatory authorities in Nigeria and remain fully committed to meeting our fiscal responsibilities and contributing to the social and economic development of Nigeria.''