Unauthorised deduction: Court awards N530,000 against MTN

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The Federal High Court in Ibadan on Wednesday awarded N530,000 to Oluwole Aluko for unathorised deduction from his mobile lines by MTN, Nigeria.

In his judgment , Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, held that MTN had admitted guilt by not challenging the action.

“The plaintiff has the right to allow or reject the use of a caller tune. MTN cannot force the use of any caller tune on him or anybody because it is unlawful.

“Though the plaintiff sought N10 million as damages, but I hold that any damage suffered must be commensurate with the claim.

“I, hereby, award a cost of N500,000 for the damages suffered and another N30,000 as cost incurred during the court process,” he said.

The plaintiff, who is also the counsel in the case, had in 2016 instituted a N10 million suit against MTN.

He claimed that the communication company unlawfully made series of deductions from three of his MTN lines for caller tunes he did not subscribe to.

However, Mr Fatiullah Tiamiyu, the defence counsel, denied that MTN was not served any court process.

“That is the reason the company has not been represented in any previous sitting,” he said. (NAN)

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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