The Notice of Preliminary Objection filed by the AGF in response to MTN Nigeria’s lawsuit has been denied by the Federal High Court.
After receiving a demand notice from the AGF alleging unpaid duties and taxes between 2007 and 2017, MTN took legal action, challenging AGF’s authority on issues with tax and custom duties.
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), according to the law, are responsible for issues like this.
The court heard arguments on the AGF’s preliminary objection on March 26, 2019.
At the time, the AGF requested that MTN’s suit be dismissed because it was not filed within the appropriate time frame.
However, Honourable Justice Aneke determined that MTN’s suit was not statute-barred and the company was only required to file its case within 3 months of receipt of the actual demand notice, which it did.
MTN has stated that it is fully compliant with Nigerian tax laws and remains committed to meeting its fiscal responsibilities, and to contribute to the social and economic development of Nigeria.