Mobile phone and data subscribers to mobile telecom, MTN Nigeria in Lokoja and environs are not smiling at the moment.

The tax authorities in Kogi state have shut down the telecom operator’s base station in Lokoja, leaving their subscribers stranded.

Reports say the development followed the decision to shut the telecom service provider’s base stations in Lokoja, Obajana and other adjoining communities.

There had been a lingering dispute between the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, KGIRS and MTN over the latter’s non-remittance of taxes to the state government when due.

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Jamil Isah, director, legal services and enforcement of KGIRS, who led other staff to seal the base stations of MTN, said that the action commenced on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Isah, the action is due to the refusal of the telecom service provider to remit outstanding tax liability of 120 million naira to the state government.

He chided MTN for remitting a paltry 250,000-naira out of the amount, describing the action as an abuse of the restraining order the state government earlier placed on KGIRS to allow for peaceful resolution of the dispute.

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