MTN has on Friday requested the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to give the company three months or 60 days to conclude discussion on the friendly resolution of the matter with Nigerian Communications Commission. The counsel to telecom giant told the court that the company has already started negotiating for a peaceful resolution of the dispute with NCC before the matter was brought to court.
MTN has been at loggerheads with the NCC over the fine slammed on the company by the commission. It has taken the matter to court praying the court to cancel the fine.
MTN has assembled a team of lawyers comprising senior advocates of Nigeria in order to argue themselves out of the matter.
The lawyers in their briefs have accused NCC of playing the legislator, the judge, the executive and beneficiary in the matter without giving MTN the opportunity to explain themselves. They argued that their client was not giving any hearing at all and thus they prayed the court to cancel the fine.
The presiding judge however, adjourned till 18, March for both parties to resolve the case between themselves. Hearing on the case will start if both parties are not able to resolve issue peacefully among themselves before this date.
Reacting to the request of MTN, Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN, the counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, accused MTN of not being consistent in their call for the settlement of the matter outside the court.
The counsel to NCC, Yusuf Alli, SAN while talking about MTN’s request said that the court decision was restricted to the court’s rule which allows only 21 days for the filing and serving of written addresses.