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Telcos dragged to court over network seizure in Zamfara

A Group in Zamfara State, under the aegis of Zamfara Cycle Community Initiative, has filed a suit before the Zamfara State High Court over the…

A Group in Zamfara State, under the aegis of Zamfara Cycle Community Initiative, has filed a suit before the Zamfara State High Court over the alleged breach of contract between the telecommunication companies and the subscribers in the state.

They argued that the prolonged shutdown of network services in the state had caused suffering and losses to the teaming subscribers of the network services in the state and wanted the court to determine whether the plaintiffs are entitled to damages as a result of the losses they suffered.

They said the defendants unilaterally shut down all communication services throughout Zamfara State since 3rd September 2021 and never sought and obtained an order from a court of law.

Six out of 14 local government areas in the state are currently without telecommunication services.

In a motion ex-parte filed at the court in Gusau on Monday by the Plaintiff/Applicant, Musa Umar and Ahmed Jamilu said that their claim is based on a breach of contract entered into in Zamfara State between the Plaintiff and Defendants/Respondents, MTN Nig. Communication Ltd., Globacom Ltd. and Bharti Airtel Ltd, for the provision of telecommunication services including internet and emails.

Also, joined in the suit are the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Zamfara State and Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants/Respondents respectively.

The motion was brought pursuant to Order 15 Rule 3 (1) of the High Court of Zamfara State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2014, sections 96, 97, 98 and 99 of the Sherriff and civil process Act, Cap 551, LFL 2004 as well as the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

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