Telecom operator MTN had its base station in Lokoja sealed by the tax authorities in Kogi State recently.

As result, MTN subscribers in the region cannot access the network’s services.

That is why Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, has advised MTN to first pay the disputed 50 million-naira taxes, and then it can go to court in the interest of its customers.

Mr Gbengba Adebayo, Chairman of ALTON, said on Tuesday that it was necessary for MTN to pay the Social Services Contribution Levy (SSCL) to the state revenue agency first and seek legal redress in court afterwards.

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Adebayo advised both parties to consider the national interest and always explore dialogue or seek legal resolution of contentious matters.

He also said that the Nigerian Communications Commission had similarly advised MTN to pay the revised sum and later seek legal redress.

The ALTON chairman urged both parties to remain law abiding and thread with caution in the interest of security and socio-political stability of the country.

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