Friday, 18 December 2015

N1tn fine: MTN to take NCC to court, we're ready for them, says NCC.

The MTN Group on Thursday said it had asked its Nigerian subsidiary not pay the N780bn fine imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission.

The NCC had initially fined MTN Nigeria N1.04tn for its failure to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered Subscriber Identification Module cards, but the fine was later reduced by 25 per cent to N780bn upon pleas by the firm.

It said having discovered that the imposition of the fine was not in accordance with the NCC's powers under the Nigerian Communications Act, there were valid grounds upon which to challenge it. Continue........

'Accordingly, MTN 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,' the telecoms firm said in a statement.

The Group Public Affairs Manager, MTN Group, South Africa, Chris Maroleng, signed the statement.

However, the Public Affairs Director, NCC, Tony Ojobo, said the commission had yet to receive any court summons on the matter, adding, 'When we get it, the NCC will react appropriately.'

According to him, the court is for everybody and it will serve as an opportunity to test some of Nigeria's laws.

'The commission is ready for them. When we get the summons, we shall meet them in court,' Ojobo added.

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