MTN been the largest mobile operator in Nigeria has shutdown operation in Kogi state over allegation of non-payment of taxes. They have been denied access to mobile wireless service on the MTN network as a result of the shutdown of the base stations.
The Kogi state goverment are demanding for immediate payment of Social contribution levy, Annual rent for Right-of-Way on fibre optics cable and Employee Development Levy.
The telecom operator says it has “met in full all tax obligations to the Kogi State government and are not in arrears”.
MTN says that the legal validity of these levies are shaky as they are not yet Approved by Minister of Finance’s. The demands by Kogi State government “amounts to multiple taxation”.
MTN Network coverage will be live nationwide except in Kogi state until this imbroglio is resolved.