IBADAN COURT REWARDS MTN CUSTOMER N.5M FOR UNJUST DEDUCTION FROM ACCOUNTS

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

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, in his judgement said “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. He added.

The plaintiff, who is also the counsel in the case, had in 2016 filed a N10 million suit against MTN claiming the telecommunication company had unlawfully made several deductions from three of his MTN lines for caller tunes he did not subscribe to.

The judge, who held that MTN had admitted guilt by not challenging the action, awarded “a cost of N500,000 for the damages suffered and another N30,000 as cost incurred during the court process.”

However, the defense counsel, Fatiullah Tiamiyu, said that MTN was not served any court process which was “the reason the company has not been represented in any previous sitting”. 




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