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N500m bribe to Presidency: MTN refutes allegation



The MTN Nigeria has refuted a N500m bribery allegation arising from the fine recently issued by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) due to infractions committed by the mobile network operator, reports ITRealms.

An online whistle blower, ITRealms gathered, had proclaimed that the Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Abba Kyari took kickback worth N500m from the telecommunication mobile operator to subvert the incurred fine through his office to less than initially charged.

This brought a lot of questioning at the Presidency, especially the so-called anti-corruption crusade of the federal government.

The report also alleged that ‘physical’ evidence to affirm that actually bribe exchanged hands was presented to President Buhari sequel to his trip to the United National General Assembly.

But reacting on our inquiry, MTN dismissed the allegation in a press statement made available to ITRealms.

MTN said, its attention has been drawn to an online report alleging that a top official in the Presidency took a payment ‘from operators of MTN’ towards reducing the fine.

The Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, said that MTN Nigeria has no knowledge of this and the allegation is therefore denied. 

Although the MTN Nigeria fine was eventually resolved with the NCC a few weeks back, even though the earlier report said the deal may have been concealed as part of Sallah homage.

Stressing the evidence was presented to President Buhari several times including during the Sallah holiday.
 

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