Lagos — MTN met a deadline to respond to a $2bn tax demand from Nigeria’s attorney-general, a Nigerian judge ruled on Tuesday, after state lawyers said the company had failed to do so. Nigeria’s attorney-general handed MTN the $2bn demand for backdated taxes in September, but the company has said the claim is without merit and that the attorney-general exceeded his powers in making the demand. Lawyers representing MTN and Nigeria’s attorney-general traded legal arguments at a court in the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday over whether or not MTN responded to the tax bill within the three-month period stipulated under Nigerian law.

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