MTN’s N1.04trn fine takes twists…>

Daily Trust - - YOUTH VILLE -

The re­cent an­nounce­ment of a $5.2bil­lion (N1.04trn) fine is­sued against MTN early this week is tak­ing sev­eral twists. The Of­fice of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (ONSA) on Wed­nes­day re­port­edly said it was tak­ing over the case from the Nige­rian Communications Com­mis­sion (NCC). Re­ports said the Pres­i­dency con­sid­ers it as a na­tional se­cu­rity is­sue for al­legedly aid­ing in­sur­gency by al­low­ing un­reg­is­tered sub­scribers.

NCC has also given MTN up to Novem­ber 16, 2015 to pay the penalty or risk more se­vere sanc­tions, which may in­clude sus­pen­sion of li­cense.

Equally, the man­age­ment of MTN is re­ported to be opt­ing for a re­view of it’s Nige­ria man­age­ment team fol­low­ing the fine.

Th­ese got ne­ti­zens re­act­ing as many be­lieved this ad­min­is­tra­tion is heed­ing to the calls of tele­coms sub­scribers.

Ibrahim Suleiman in his post com­mended NCC for the fine say­ing: “Very good. Send them out of this coun­try. Don’t for­get to also send DSTV out. …ex­ploiters.”

An­other com­menter, Sani Baba Na­sidi sim­ply posted: “Ex­cel­lent!!!

Still fear­ing the telco’s al­leged re­coup­ing strat­egy, Em­manuel Ojonugwa Silas posted: “Trust me, cus­tomers will in­di­rectly pay back!”

“Make sure they pay the fine,” posted Ab­dul­lahi Ba­yaro Ibrahim.

While Mo­hammed Hardo ex­claimed: “N1tr - Wow!” say­ing it is much, an­other ne­ti­zen Zakariya Ibrahim Imam ar­gued that the fine is lit­tle. “It is too small,” he posted.

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