NCC Denies Gratification from MTN’s Negotiated Settlement of N330bn Fine

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By Sylvester Idowu in Warri

Again, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied allegation that some officials of the commission obtained bribe in the negotiated settlement of N330bn fine imposed by the Federal Government on MTN Nigeria.

Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Commission, Mr. Abdullahi Maikano, denied the allegation during the 22 Edition of Consumer Town Hall Meeting (CTM) held in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

Maikano, who was represented at the interactive meeting by the Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Dr. Femi Joseph Atoyebi said the town hall meeting was to bridge and bring together telecom consumers in urban areas with network operators and the agency towards proffering solutions to various complaints by users.

He maintained that none of its officials was bribed in the saga, urging Nigerians to discontinuance the allegation as the present board under the leadership of Professor Umaru Garba Danbatta was too disciplined to allow anyone to drag the high reputation of the organisation to the mud.

Maikano in response to questions from  Journalists at the ceremony said, “What I want to clear is this, no NCC official was bribed. I repeat! Nobody bribed any NCC official on that MTN fine issue quote me.

“NCC is a very responsible organisation under the able leadership of our executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umaru Garba Danbatta. He has provided that quality leadership which cascaded down to the least of the staff.

“No NCC staff will ever take bribe. Challenge me if you see one. That

allegation is not true. You read in the papers what MTN has done, they have paid some amount and they are to pay the rest by installments. So, that case is actually settled”, he added.

At the town hall meeting tagged “Information and Education as a catalyst for Consumer Protection”

Maikano assured that the Commission, as the regulatory agency, would do its best for the country