A Federal High Court, Lagos, will on December 3 hear a suit by MTN Nigeria Communication Ltd against the Attorney General of the Federation challenging the legality of 242 billion naira and $1.3 billion import duties and withholding tax assessment.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke fixed the date for hearing of all pending applications after counsel representing both parties had informed the court of their various applications filed and served.

On Thursday, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) with other senior lawyers, appeared for MTN, while Mr T.A Gazali, a Chief State Counsel from the Federal Ministry of Justice, appeared for the AGF.

Counsel informed the court of the various processes filed before the court and served on respective parties to the suit.

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Following this development, Justice Aneke set December 3 for hearing of all pending applications before the court.

MTN instituted the suit by a writ dated September 10, challenging mainly, the legality of the AGF’s assessment of its import duties, withholding tax and value added tax in the sums of 242 billion naira and 1.3 billion dollars.

Part of what MTN is asking the court to do is that the AGF acted in excess of its powers, by purporting to direct through its letter of May 10, a “self-assessment exercise” which usurps the powers of the Nigerian Customs Service to demand payment of import duties on importation of physical goods.

The company is claiming a total sum of 3 billion naira in damages against the federal government.

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