A 9.100-page complaint in proof of its N3bn statement has been filed by MTN Nigeria Communication Limited against Federation Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.
The bulky file was transferred to a coaster bus and delivered to the High Court Registry in Lagos on Tuesday.
Last year, the telecommunications firm sued Malami for a letter demanding that they pay N242bn and $1.3bn as import duties, withholding taxes and value-added taxes – a move described by the lawyer of the firm, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), as ‘ malicious, unfair and one made on an incorrect legal basis.
Olanipekun said Malami had acted beyond its powers and violated the provisions of section 36 of the fair hearing with the “inquiry” into the company’s activities covering the years 2007-2017.
He pleaded the court to make general and exemplary damages for N3bn against Malami.
In May, in contestation to the validity of the case, Judge C.J. Aneke dismissed the initial appeal filed by Malami.
‘ The suit started on September 10, 2018, with written consent. The simple calculation indicates that the span of three months for the suit to be blocked, as envisaged, had not expired on 23 August 2018, at the time the cause for action emerged, until September 10, 2018, when the suit was opened, ‘ Aneke ruled.
Nevertheless, the trial was delayed by the postponement of Justice Aneke until 30 January 2020 at the resumed hearing of Tuesday.