Bid to revoke MTN Nigeria's operating licence withdrawn


A federal high court in Nigeria has struck out a case seeking to compel the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to revoke the operating licence of MTN in that country.

The court case was brought forward by the former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and the Peoples Democratic Party chapters in Osun and Ekiti against MTN over its refusal to disclose the call records of a suspended judge, who has been allegedly involved in fraud.

The plaintiffs accused MTN of a deliberate attempt to frustrate investigations conducted by the Nigerian Judicial Commission (NJC) into allegations against Justice Salami.

They also claimed that MTN has the capacity to store call data beyond the three months claimed by the telecommunication company.

But MTN has denied the allegations.

In a witness statement, MTN’s senior manager, commercial legal, Rotimi Odusola, said, “I know as a fact due to capacity and storage constraint, the first defendant (MTN) can only release CDRs for periods not exceeding three months from the date of receipt of a legitimate request for the release for the CDRs.”

The judge presiding over the case brought forward against MTN, Justice Bilikisu Aliyu, has, however, struck out the suit, following a notice for discontinuance filed by the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs did not give any reason for their decision to withdraw their case.