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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Monday, struck out a suit filed by the British American Tobacco Nigeria, BATN, against the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC.

It was gathered that BATN had asked the court to prevent FCCPC from investigating it for anti-consumer protection, public health and anti-competition violations that the Commission was investigating.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa, held that the case was premature and lacking in merit.

Aikawa said that there was no basis or urgency for the filing of the action after the Pre-Action Notice, which according to him, remains the fundamental provision of the law.

The court agreed with the FCCPC that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

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