Nigerian President will have final say on MTN fine — report - Mobile World Live

Nigerian President will have final say on MTN fine — report

27 JAN 2016

Nigeria’s government wants MTN to withdraw its court case against the country’s telecoms regulator regarding a $3.9 billion fine, in what appears a pre-condition for any out-of-court settlement.

Last week, a federal high court judge in Lagos gave MTN a deadline of 18 March to settle the issue outside of court, following the operator saying it would not pay a “dime or penny” of the fine imposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission in October.

While telecoms minister Adebayo Shittu said he was not aware of any out-of-court settlement, he added that if the case is withdrawn, “it creates a better environment where there is no stress or pressure on either side”.

Shittu’s comments were reported by a number of media outlets, including Reuters.

He also said President Muhammadu Buhari will have the final say on the matter, effectively setting another pre-condition.

The fine, which originally stood at $5.2 billion, was cut by 25 per cent after lengthy negotiations, but MTN was still not satisfied, and said in December it would take the issue to court.


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