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Airtel Fined N5 Million For Infraction

By Ola Adeola

Telecom company, Airtel, has been fined N5 million by an Abuja high court for violating customer’s privacy.

Justice Jude Okeke of FCT high court, in Maitama, Wednesday, granted the prayer of a plaintiff, Emmanuel Anene, who complained of continuous disturbances through unsolicited messages to his line.

“One of the reliefs sought an order of the court seeks for the award of damages.

“A plaintiff who seeks for a violation of right is to succeed on the strength of his case and not on the weakness or absence of the defence.

“Though he can rely on the absence of the defence to support his case.

“The defendant who was afforded the opportunity failed to file a statement of defence contradicting the plaintiff’s statement of claim or fails to lead evidence in challenge to the claims; it means he had admitted the facts.

“Unless the court does not believe in the evidence or sees any reason in contrary in law it reserves a duty to act on such,” the judge ruled.

“The defendant, having received complaints from the plaintiff but continued to disturb the plaintiff from quiet enjoyment of the line.

“In every wrong there must be a remedy, to vindicate the plaintiff’s right which has been violated in the forth going circumstance by the defendant; the plaintiff shall be awarded damages based on the discretion of the court.

“Against this background putting into consideration the obvious inconveniences, discomfort and the embarrassments the plaintiff had undeniably gone through.

“The defendant has been directed to pay to the plaintiff damages, not the N200 million the plaintiff asked for but N5 million only”.

Source: PM News

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