Government Approves 500 Million Naira For Lawyers Who Helped Recover MTN’s Fine
There was lots of action at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
Besides marshalling out plans to recover another Abacha loot, the government also approved payment of legal fees amounting to 500 million naira to lawyers who helped it recover 330 billion naira from mobile telecommunications network, MTN.
Recall that MTN was fined by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC in 2016 for refusing to disconnect unregistered SIM cards.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami, said this while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the FEC meeting.
According to the minister, FEC’s action is part of the approvals for four memoranda submitted by the Justice Ministry to FEC for consideration.
“The third memo was for approval for the payment of professional fees to the lawyers that were engaged by the federal government relating to the case that was instituted sometime back by the MTN against the federal government in pursuance of penalty of over 1 trillion naira imposed by government against MTN.
“MTN as you could rightly remember instituted an action seeking to constrain the federal government from making recovery of the over 1 trillion-naira penalty that was imposed on it.
“So, arising from that the federal government engaged the services of certain solicitors, lawyers to now put up a defense on its behalf.
“Arising from the defence that was put in place by the lawyers the case was eventually settled by the parties amicably.
“And arising from that settlement the lawyers were entitled to their fees.
“The federal government has now approved the payment of 500 million naira for the 330 billion naira agreed upon,” Malami said.
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