MTN Nigeriaâ€™s base transmitting facilities in Kogi state have been shut down over allegations of non-payment of taxes.
Residents of the state and neighbouring areas 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 government is demanding for immediate payment ofÂ Social Service Contribution levy, Employee Development levy and annual rent for Right-of-Way on fibre optics cable.
MTN Nigeria says that the legal validity of these levies are shaky, because they do not have the MinisterÂ of Financeâ€™s approval yet.
The telecom operator says it hasÂ â€œmet in full all tax obligations to the Kogi State government and are not in arrearsâ€.
MTN says the demands by Kogi State government â€œamountsÂ to multiple taxationâ€.
MTN is the largest mobile operator in Nigeria and has nationwide coverage. Till this imbroglio is resolved, it is a case ofÂ everywhere you go except Kogi state.