MTN Nigeria allays fears of service disruption over $3.9bn fine

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Telecommunications company MTN Nigeria has addressed fears of service disruption following the expiration of a deadline given it by Nigerian regulators to pay a $3.9bn fine. 

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, had given MTN December 31st to pay the fine, which was imposed on the company for failing to disconnect unregistered users on its network.

Both parties are still in talks and the matter is in court.

The Public Relations and Protocol Manager at MTN Nigeria, Mr. Funso Aina, said when a case was in court, there was a limit to the comments that could be made on it.

“Suffice it to say that based on the lis pendens rule (pending legal action), all parties are enjoined to restrain from taking further action until the matter is finally determined. This is consistent with previous judicial decisions in Nigeria.”

Aina said that notwithstanding the lawsuit, “we would continue to engage with the Nigerian authorities to try and ensure an amicable resolution in the best interest of the company, its stakeholders and the Nigerian authorities.”

“We urge our customers not to panic as we do not envisage any disruption to our operations,” Aina added.

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