Mixed Reactions As MTN Clears Customers’ Loan

By Damilare Adeleye
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The decision of Nigeria's Telecommunications company, MTN, to clear outstanding loans of their customers has generated mixed reactions from Nigerians especially on social media.

Confirmed reports emerged on Saturday morning that the telecoms company cleared up all the debts on airtime owed by customers.

This development is coming after Lagos Tax Appeal Tribunal ordered MTN Nigeria to pay $72,551,059 in tax default to the Federal Inland Revenue Services from 2007 to 2017.

A five-person panel led by Professor A. B. Hamed gave the verdict while delivering judgment in an appeal numbered TAT/LZ/VAT/075, filed by the telecommunication company against the request by the FIRS to pay the default.

Meanwhile, netizens are currently expressing mixed feelings on the debt clearance. While some are appreciating the company for the gesture, some are accusing MTN Nigeria of bias against customers who do not owe any airtime debt.

“Good morning friends, so I woke up to a friend's post on how MTN cleared up his debts on airtime so I decided to check my balance to discover that mine has been cleared up by MTN too. MTN Nigeria 🇳🇬 well done,” a netizen said.

“I was owing them 2k plus They have cleared it.

God bless MTN Nigeria,” one Ade Bimbola said.

“MTN Nigeria why? This is outright selective treatment of customers. We are all customers and we deserve equal treatment,” another customer wrote.

“MTN Nigeria according to sources have cleared debt owed by some of their customers. And I'm asking, what is now going to be the reward of the good customers that never owed.What a way to reward defaulting customers. Anyway, had I known they say comes at last, if not I would be owing like 20k before this their generosity,” a netizen posted on Facebook.