MTN won a small victory on Tuesday when a Nigerian court ruled in its favour in its legal saga over an alleged unpaid $2bn tax bill. The federal high court ruled that MTN met a deadline to respond to the demand from Nigeria’s attorney-general despite state lawyers saying that the company had failed to do so.   The attorney-general slapped MTN with the bill for backdated taxes in September but the company argued that the claim is without merit and was outside the authority’s jurisdiction.

According to the law, oversight for the tax and custom duties is the responsibility of the Nigerian inland revenue service and customs service, said MTN. MTN said the case is scheduled to be heard on June 26.Meanwhile, MTN Nigeria said on Tuesday that it had registered to list 20.4-billion ordinary shares at 0.02 naira each with the country’s securities regulator.  It said it had started negotiations with the stock exchange to complete the listing. It agreed to the listing as part of an earl...

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