MTN pays N.5m to customer as court strikes out contempt charge against lawyers

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Telecommunications  giant, MTN, on Monday  paid N500,000 to its customer, Mr Oluwole Aluko, in compliance with a Federal High Court  judgment.

Aluko, a legal practitioner, had in 2016 sued MTN, alleging  unlawful deduction of his call credit.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel 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 Mr 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 the duo  were trying to pervert  the course  of justice.

At the resumed hearing on Monday, 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. (NAN)


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