According to a report via TelecomPaper, a section of telecom subscribers under the aegis of the National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) have filed a suit against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and MTN Nigeria over the USD 5.2 billion fine imposed on MTN by the NCC regarding SIM card deactivation.
According to the report, NATCOMS is challenging NCC at the Federal High Court in Lagos, asking the court to stop the NCC from further imposing a fine on MTN. The group also wants the court to compel the NCC to account for all the monies it has collected as fines from telecoms operators since 2002, and to pay such monies to subscribers as compensation for poor service quality.
According to the court document filed by Sarah Emiewo and published by the Daily Trust, NATCOMS also called for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the NCC from further imposing any fine in respect of the registration of telephone subscribers on MTN. It equally called for an order mandating the NCC to commission, establish and conduct monthly updates on the central database and to conduct a rigorous campaign for applicants and other telephone subscribers to update their particulars with the respondents.
It also called for an order mandating the respondents to publish newspaper apologies to the applicants and other telephone subscribers for the lack of establishment, maintenance and conducting of updates on the central database.