MTN pays N.5m to customer over illegal credit deduction

Telecommunications giant, MTN, yesterday paid N500, 000 to one of its customers, Oluwole Aluko, in compliance with a Federal High Court judgement. Aluko, a legal practitioner, had in 2016 sued MTN, alleging unlawful deduction of his call credit. The judge, Nathaniel AyoEmmanuel, of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, had in 2017 entered judgment in favour of the claimant when there was no representation for MTN throughout the hearing period until the judgment day.

But Abiola Olagunju and Fatiullah Tiamiyu later announced their representation for MTN, with an application asking the court to set aside its judgment against their client. They had argued that the company’s legal department was never aware of the suit against the company before the court. Aluko, however, presented before the court evidence of court summons served on the defendants with proof of receipt in a criminal contempt suit he instituted against the duo.

He had argued that they were trying to pervert the course of justice. At the resumed hearing yesterday, Aluko informed the court that MTN had paid him N500, 000 in compliance with the court’s earlier order. The judge, consequently, struck out the claimant’s suit of criminal contempt against MTN’s lawyers. (Premium Times)

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