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MTN pays $52.6m to end dispute with Central Bank of Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria has asked MTN Nigeria to pay $52.6m in settlement of the $8.1bn foreign exchange repatriation dispute.

The African telecoms giant and the CBN, in separate statements issued on Monday, said that the agreement was reached after several intensive engagements in Lagos.

MTN said the settlement was based on the realisation that certain Certificates of Capital Importation utilised in some private placement shares of about $1bn in 2008 were not properly issued as the company only got approval-in-principle from the CBN.

“The CBN instructed MTN Nigeria to implement a notional reversal of the 2008 private placement of shares in MTN Nigeria at a net cost of circa N19.2bn – equivalent to $52.6m,” the telecoms company said.

“MTN Nigeria and the CBN have agreed that they will resolve the matter on the basis that MTN Nigeria will pay the notional reversal amount without admission of liability.”

The CBN in late August had alleged that MTN and four of its banks – Standard Chartered Plc, Citigroup Inc., Stanbic IBTC Plc and Diamond Bank Plc – illegally repatriated $8.1bn from Nigeria while the office of the Attorney General claimed the company failed to remit $2bn back taxes.

The CBN also imposed a total fine of N5.87bn on the four banks for allegedly remitting dividends with irregular CCIs on behalf of MTN Nigeria between 2007 and 2015.

 

 

– Punch

 

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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