$1.3bn tax: MTN’s suit against AGF fixed for Dec. 3

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye, La­gos

Jus­tice Chuk­wu­jekwu Aneke, sit­ting at a Fed­eral High Court, La­gos, yes­ter­day fixed De­cem­ber 3 for hear­ing a suit by the MTN Nige­ria Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Ltd against the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion chal­leng­ing the le­gal­ity of N242 bil­lion and $1.3 bil­lion im­port du­ties and with­hold­ing tax as­sess­ment.

The court fixed the date for hear­ing of all pend­ing ap­pli­ca­tions af­ter coun­sel rep­re­sent­ing both par­ties had in­formed the court of their var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions filed and served.

Wole Ola­nipekun with other se­nior (SAN), lawyers, ap­peared for MTN, while T.A Gazali, a Chief State Coun­sel from the Fed­eral Min­istry of Jus­tice, ap­peared for the AGF.

The coun­sels in­formed the court of the var­i­ous pro­cesses filed be­fore it and served on re­spec­tive par­ties to the suit.

Fol­low­ing this de­vel­op­ment, Jus­tice Aneke set De­cem­ber 3 for hear­ing of all pend­ing ap­pli­ca­tions be­fore the court.

MTN had in­sti­tuted the suit by a writ dated Septem­ber 10, chal­leng­ing mainly, the le­gal­ity of the AGF’s as­sess­ment of its im­port du­ties, with­hold­ing tax and value added tax in the sums of N242 bil­lion and $1.3bn.

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